Posts Tagged ‘Suffering


Do What Is Right

Does God want us to suffer? According to Peter, it may be a part of His perfect will. His will is perfect, even if we don’t understand it. We sing a song at church called, “Good, Good Father.” The bridge of the song says, “You are perfect in all of Your ways.” Do we honestly believe that? Do we honestly believe that God’s will is perfect? Even if He wants us to suffer, yes, He is perfect in all of His ways. Peter wrote in 1 Peter 3:17 (NLT):

Remember, it is better to suffer for doing good, if that is what God wants, than to suffer for doing wrong!

Peter is telling us that we should always do what is right, even if it means that we suffer persecution or hardship for it. It is better to do what is right than to do what is wrong. Suffering may be a part of God’s perfect will and plan for our lives. The book of James says that suffering produces character and perseverance. Suffering tests our faith and proves it genuine. If you are suffering for doing good, just know that God is going to use it in the grand scheme of things to bring about the best for your life. You can trust Him because He is perfect in all of His ways.


Do Good Even If…

We may wonder if it is worth it. Doing good, that is. When the world around us seems so bad and so full of evil, we wonder if we’re making a difference at all. Then, on top of it all, we are sometimes mistreated for doing good. You’ve heard the phrase, “No good deed goes unpunished”? So why bother doing good at all? Because it is the right thing to do. Peter wrote in 1 Peter 3:13-14 (NLT):

Now, who will want to harm you if you are eager to do good? 14 But even if you suffer for doing what is right, God will reward you for it. So don’t worry or be afraid of their threats.

Remember this today, God has the final say. He will judge everyone according to their deeds both good and bad. Don’t give in to the temptation to say that doing good isn’t worth it. God will reward your good deeds. If others mistreat you for doing the right thing, just know that God not only sees what you’ve done, but what they’ve done as well. Let Him have the final say. You just keep on doing good to everyone you meet.



Jesus is our model and example of patience in the face of suffering. He suffered greatly on the last day of His life. He was mocked and insulted. He was beaten and tortured. He was crucified and killed. Yet He did not seek revenge nor did He call down fire from Heaven on those who were killing Him even though He could have done so. Peter says in 1 Peter 2:23 (NLT):
He did not retaliate when he was insulted,
nor threaten revenge when he suffered.
He left his case in the hands of God,
who always judges fairly.
The prophet Isaiah wrote about Jesus hundreds of years before His life. Isaiah 53:7 (NIV) says:
He was oppressed and afflicted,

yet he did not open his mouth;he was led like a lamb to the slaughter,
and as a sheep before its shearers is silent,

    so he did not open his mouth.
Jesus could have retaliated, yet He chose to suffer in silence. He chose death so that we could have life. He trusted God the Father with His life. We should do the same. If you suffer unjustly for your faith or integrity, do not retaliate or seek revenge. Instead, let God fight your battle for you and judge those who wrong you. He is not blind to your situation or circumstances. He knows and He will have the final word.

To Know Christ

Do you know Jesus Christ? Do you know Him in a personal way? I don’t mean to know things about Him. Do you REALLY know Him? The apostle Paul wanted to know Jesus and he wrote:

I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead. – Philippians 3:10-11 (NIV)

To know Jesus is to know more than facts and figures about Him. It means to participate in the life of Christ. It means to know and experience the power that raised Him from the grave. It means to experience His suffering and death. It means to become like Him in the way that you love God and in the way that you love, serve and forgive people. It is a relationship based on His grace that will never end. Knowing Jesus is more than just a trivial pursuit. It is the pursuit of an eternal relationship with your Savior and Lord.

What Matters Most

The apostle Paul suffered for his faith and his defense of it. He was imprisoned, beaten, flogged and nearly stoned to death. Yet he persevered in spreading the good news about Jesus and His love for the world. He didn’t complain about his trials, but instead he rejoiced in them. He even encouraged others to rejoice about his trials. He wrote:

But even if I am being poured out like a drink offering on the sacrifice and service coming from your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you. 18 So you too should be glad and rejoice with me. – Philippians 2:17-18 (NIV)

Could you do it? Could you rejoice in suffering for Jesus? If you could keep your eyes on what matters most, then you could. For Paul, sharing God’s good news about Jesus was what mattered most. Telling people about Jesus mattered most. Even if it cost him his life, he would rather die telling people about Jesus than live as he kept silent. The good news matters most because without it, people are lost.

Persevering Through Persecution

If you read the book of Acts, you’ll see that Paul suffered all kinds of persecution for Jesus. When he wrote his letter to the Philippians, he was writing from prison. He told them that they would also suffer persecution for Christ. He wrote:
​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 1:29-30 (NIV)
Jesus said that the world hated Him and that the world would hate His followers, too. As we get nearer to His return, we’ll only see things get worse. We have to persevere though persecution may come and continue to follow Jesus, even if it one day costs us our lives. In the end, Jesus wins. Those who remain faithful with be rewarded. No matter what happens, stay faithful to Jesus and trust Him to empower you to persevere.

What’s Coming

One of the questions that is most often asked about faith in God and His Son, Jesus Christ, is about suffering. Why do we have to suffer? Why is there pain in this world? There seem to be so few answers when it comes to the question of suffering. Here’s the thing, the Word of God doesn’t sugarcoat the fact that there’s suffering. Paul wrote:

 I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. – Romans 8:18 (NIV)

Paul admits that we suffer. This world is full of suffering and everyone suffers because the world is broken. The good news of faith in Christ is that God’s promises can help us persevere through suffering. That the temporary struggles and sufferings are nothing compared with the future glory that is coming for God’s people. Yes, we are going to suffer hardships, pain, persecution, disease and death. These are temporary. God promises that when we get to Heaven, these things will be no more. Suffering will be done away with when God’s glory is revealed to us, so hold on to His promises today.

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