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Christians do suffer....
Posted On 05/25/2016 07:23:52 by PastorZomok

Some are under the spell of thinking that God's true people are without pain and suffering as if they are so good that they are even indifferent to pain and heartache.  They are sometimes presented as always smiling and content but this is far from the facts.  The simple truth is that believers in Jesus, as Savior, do grieve and suffer but it is not the same as nonbelievers who have no hope (1 Thessalonians 4:13).

There exists a species of teachers that basically teach that if you give to others and pray constantly you will be rich, constantly smiling, with a rainbow view out your every window.  Some of this type even imply that you are sick and unhappy, or poor, because you lack faith or you are sinning too much, however, this is not, by far, the whole truth.  To be sure, if you lack faith or you are doing things that are morally wrong there are certainly consequences but each and every pain or sadness is not necessarily due to ones sin or lack of  fidelity to God.  We see many instances in both Old and New Testaments of people who are true believers that are lamenting and tearful.  David wrote, "Record my lament; list my tears on the scroll-are they not in your record?" (Psalm 56:8).  David also wrote, "My soul is weary with  sorrow...." (Psalm 119:28).  Jeremiah, the weeping prophet, knew the Lord would guide him through the grief...(Lamentations 3:2).

We have to remember that God will allow even the sinless to suffer for a greater good or purpose.  Recall the man born blind if you will (John 9:1-). The disciples thought the blind man was blind because someone sinned but Jesus showed them that it was for a higher purpose, namely, to show the glory of God, when he healed the blind man. We do not know the exacting nature of everything behind the scenes, but the scriptures do inform us in Romans 8:28, that God works through all circumstances for the good of his people. In short, the believer might suffer at times but it eventually is for the good.   What do you think?

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