Shared with me from a fb forum on spiritual suffering:
Try and read it a few times.
Hebrew word for suffer is “yagah”: grieve/AFFLICTED/torment
Greek word for suffer is “pascho” from word “penthos” which means sorrow/mourning/grief
Afflicted in Hebrew is “Ani” which means oppressed
Afflicted in Greek is “kakopatheia” which means suffering(experience of evil)/PERSEVERANCE
Kakopatheia: to experience affliction that seems bad (miserable) from an earthly perspective but in actuality is sent by God to accomplish His greater (eternal) purpose!! ❤❤❤
WHEW!!!! THAT’S AMAZING!!!!
“Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to SUFFER and to rise from the dead on the third day”
“And if children, then heirs-heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we SUFFER with Him, that we may also be glorified together”
Suffering with Christ, for Christ. ❤
“For to you it has been granted on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in Him, but also to SUFFER for His sake”
No one wants to truley suffer, but suffering for Christ and His Gospel is different.
Many in early church viewed martydom as a high calling and spiritual gift through which God would be made known.
Martyr: a person who is killed or suffers greatly for a religion
1 Peter 2:20
“For what credit is it if, when you are beaten for your faults, you take it patiently? But when you do good and SUFFER, if you take it patiently this is commendable before God”
Christ is the perfect example for everything in life-including the reality of “SUFFERING” and the Christian “response” to it. He endured and did not retaliate verbally, but did what was right!!!
1 Peter 2:21
“For to this you were called, because Christ also SUFFERED for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps”
Suffering wrongfully is commendable in God’s eyes.
1 Peter 3:17
“For it is better, if it is the will of God, to SUFFER for doing good than doing evil”
1 Peter 4:15
“But let none of you SUFFER as a murderer, a theif, an evil doer, or as a busybody in other people’s matters”
1 Peter 3:14
“But even if you should SUFFER for righteousness’ sake, you are BLESSED”
1 Peter 4:1
“Therefore, since Christ SUFFERED for us in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same mind, for he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin”
If God’s people live according to His Word, they will not suffer as evil-doers but for their good conduct.
Because Jesus suffered for us and is sovereign, Christians should approach SUFFERING with “the same mind” (attitude/perspective) that He had-enduring it willingly and looking beyond the SUFFERING to God’s purpose.
God’s people will never “cease from sin” in this life, but SUFFERING for the sake of Christ has purifying effects and can increasingly free believers from sins power so that they may “live… for the will of God” rather than their own priorities.
Suffering should be expected for those who follow Christ. ❤❤❤
No matter what reason for suffering, God does use it-sometimes as discipline as it is written in Hebrews 12:5-11.
Here is a list of a few of God’s purposes of why He allows suffering
1. To train us in obedience (Hebrews 5:7-8
2. To produce patience (Romans 5:3)
3. To prevent pride (2 Corinthians 12:7-9)
4. To teach His ways (Psalms 119:65-75)
5. To prepare us to comfort others (2 Corinthians 1:3-4)
6. To prove us
1 Peter 5:10
“But may the God of all grave, who called us to His eternal by Christ Jesus, after you have SUFFERED a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you”
Peter concluded by reminding readers that their sufferings are temporary and will serve to “perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle” them.
There is no shortcut to character, no detour around difficulty.
“And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as sons: ‘My son, do not despise the CHASTENING of the Lord, nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him; for whom the LORD loves He CHASTENS, and scourges every son whom He receives’. If you endure CHASTENING, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not CHASTEN? But if you are without CHASTENING, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons. Furthermore, we have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live? For they indeed for a few days CHASTENED us as seemed best to them, but He for our profit, that we may be partakers of His holiness. Now no CHASTENING sems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been TRAINED by it”
As one “endures” we should consider Christ (the Christians hope and greatest example of one who willingly obeyed God during suffering)
A lack of suffering is not a sign of favor but of illegitimacy. God, Our Father, does not allow His children to go about their business unchanged. Like a good parent, He disciplines His sons and daughters because He loves them deeply.
Training, discipline, and corrections are painful, but not permanent. God’s CHASTENING is the only sure way to obtain the peaceable fruit of righteousness.
Hebrew word: “yasar”: to discipline/correct
Greek word: “paideuo”: discipline/EDUCATE/train
“Paideuo” from word “pais” which means (a child under development with strict training)
Thus says the Lord!!!
His Divine plan. His perfect plan!!
As I suffer I am blessed with the fruits of His Spirit.
I am honored to suffer knowing that I’m now obedient to my Lord God Almighty.