Reasons For Suffering:
1…Stretch believer for growth……
a….But may the God of ALL grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, established & settle you….I Peter 5:10
b. My brethern count it ALL joy when you fall into various trials…..James 1:2
2….Disciple & correct believer to demonstrate God’s love for them….
And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons: “My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, not be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him; for whom the Lord loves He chastens & scourges every son whom He receives…Hebrews 12:5,6
3….Greater opportunity to share Jesus (witness to lost) …
But I want you to know the things which happened to me have actually turned out for the furtherance of the gospel, so that it had become evident to the whole palace guard & to all the rest, that my chains are in Christ…..Philippians 1:12,13
4….Means by which to take us home to heaven…
according to my earnest expectation & hope that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but with ALL boldness, as always, so now also Christ magnified in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ, & to die is gain…Philippians 1:20,21
5…..Develop believer’s ability to minister to others who are suffering…….
Blessed be the God & Father of our lord Jesus Christ, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies & God of All comfort who comforts us in ALL tribulation that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God…2 Corinthians 1: 3,4
6…..To remove boasting & self-reliance ( to be totally dependant on God) …
& lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations a thorn in the flesh was given to me a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure…2 Corinthians 12:7
7…..Try, test & purify our trust & dependence on God ( try our faith)…
In this you greatly rejoice though now for a little while, if need be, you have been greived by various trials, that the geniuneness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise honor & glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ…1 Peter 1: 6,7
8…Give us a better & bigger view of God (nothing is too hard for God)….
Then Job answered the Lord & said: I know that You can do everything, & that no purpose of yours can be withheld from You”…Job 42: 1,2
9…..Personal & not heresay of what God can do….
Behold happy is the man whom God corrects;therefore do not despise the chastening of the Almighty. For He bruises, but He binds up. He wounds but His hands makes whole ….Job 5: 17,18
10…Illuminate the value of the body of Christ ( others in the church body)…
& if one member suffers, All the members suffer with it; or if one member is honored All the members are honored…1 Corinthians 12: 26
11…..Allow the believer to immitate Christ ( transform us into Christ)
For whom He foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son that He might be the firstborn among many brethern…Romans 8:29
12……Prepare believer for reward or judgement….
Blessed is the man who endures temptation for when he has been proved he will receive the crown of life which the Lord promised to those who love Him…James 1:12
13…..Motivate us to cry out to Jesus….
The righteous cry out & the Lord hears & delivers them out of ALL their troubles….Psalm 34:17
15….Prepare believer for greater blessings……
& the Lord restored Job’s losses when he prayed for his friends; indeed the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before…Job 42:10
16….Prove true faith to Satan………
Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him……..Job 13:15
A…Recognize God is working & in control…
& we know that ALL things work together for good to those who love God to those who are called according to His purpose…Romans 8:28
B…God’s grace is sufficent and you will not receive more than you are able to
& He said to me ” my grace is sufficent for you, my strength is made perfect in weakness”. therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities that the power of Christ may rest upon me… 2 Corinthians 12:9 Watch your thoughts, they become words..