The important role of pain and suffering

For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe in him, but also to suffer for him, 30 since you are going through the same struggle you saw I had, and now hear that I still have. — Philippians 1:29

It is important that we understand the role suffering and pain plays in our experience. In the book of Hebrews were are instructed to not resist discipline because it produces the peaceable fruit of righteousness. In the book of Romans we are told that all things work together for good to those who love God – that’s written in context of the larger message of God’s sovereignty in our experience. You see pain and suffering is inevitable and through it we are perfected. It shapes us into stronger, as well as more malleable people. It brings us closer to God and enables us to love others more deeply… if we’ll let it.

Do not resent pain or suffering. It is possible to find a place of peace in the midst of it and God promises that He will turn it for good.

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