“Sometimes I would like to ask God why He allows poverty, suffering, and injustice when He could do something about it. But I’m afraid He would ask me the same question.” – Anonymous


Paul teaches that both suffering and faith are gifts of God; for both, Paul says, have been granted to you.

{Footnote for Philippians 1:29-30, ESV Study Bible.}

Reblog: Suffering: a spiritual detox « WisdomForLife

God often uses our suffering as a kind of spiritual detox. Through hardships (and even our failures), God purges our inner life of sinful attachments to this world. He refines our character and refocuses us on eternity. We “purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God” (II Corinthians 7:1).


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REBLOG: Will You Follow Jesus Even If Your Life Doesn’t Get Any Better? | RELEVANT Magazine

Somehow people get the notion that when God blesses, it means that He will give us great things and perfect circumstances—and right now. Or, if God’s blessing is upon us we can expect to have better lives than those who do not believe in Jesus. Blessing equals easier and better. Conversely, sometimes people believe that extended discomfort means there is something they have done wrong, or a lack of faith which inhibits God’s blessing. But what if this is a misconstrued concept of blessing? Can’t the blessing of God involve pain, suffering, waiting and holding on to a truth in spite of our circumstances? Isn’t it a blessing to be disciplined by our loving Father even if it causes discomfort?

Read more: Will You Follow Jesus Even If Your Life Doesn’t Get Any Better? | RELEVANT Magazine.

Your tattered heart lets more light shine through

“The most forgiving people I have ever come across are people who have suffered — it is as if suffering has ripped them open into empathy. I am talking about wounded healers.”

— Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu