Wisdom Wednesday: Is your suffering in vain?

No, in fact God can use it for your good and the good of others.

Hebrews 5:8 states that “though Jesus was a Son, He learned obedience by the things He suffered.”

“The Greek word used in Hebrews 5:8 for “suffered” usually refers to enduring unpleasant experiences like disease in (Mark 5:26) or persecution (Acts 8:1). But it often implies enduring a challenging process that transforms the sufferer” (Source: gotquestions.org).

“And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope (Romans 5:3).

Suffering draws us closer to God. Through it, God sanctifies us and conforms us to the image of His Son, Jesus Christ. We learn to endure (keep going, remain fruitful, do the will of God) in the face of trials.

Our character is fortified. We are being conformed to the image of Jesus Christ. His character becomes more apparent in the way we live our lives and the way we live with others.

Hope springs forth. Not a hope in this world or the things of it, but hope in God and all that He has promised in this age and the one to come.

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all of our 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).

God comforts us in our suffering so we are able to comfort our brothers and sisters in theirs.

Therefore, my brothers and sisters, count it all joy when you endure trials and tribulations. Remember that your suffering is not in vain. God can use it to change you and help others.

Be encouraged! You are loved! ❤

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