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TCH MINI-STUDY: 20
 
GOD USES OUR SUFFERING TO HUMBLE US AND MAGNIFY HIMSELF
 
 
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Suffering allows the presence, life, and power of Christ to be manifested within our mortal lives (2 Corinthians 4:7-11).
 
Suffering reveals our weaknesses, and makes us, out of necessity, dependent upon God (2 Corinthians 12:9).
 
Suffering teaches us that God is more concerned about our character than our comfort (Romans 5:3-4; Hebrews 12:10-11).
 
Suffering teaches us that the greatest aspect of the Christian life is not comfort and ease, but Christ likeness (2 Corinthians 4:8-10; Romans 8:28-29).
 
Suffering brings about obedience and self-control (Hebrews 5:8; Psalms 119:67; Romans 5:1-5; James 1:2-8; Philippians 3:10).
 
Suffering allows God to manifest Himself and His help (Psalms 56:8).
 
Voluntary suffering is one way to demonstrate the love of God (2 Corinthians 8:1-2, 9).
 
Suffering imparts the mind of Christ to and in us (Philippians 2:1-11).
 
Suffering is part of the struggle against sin (Hebrews 12:4-13).
 
Suffering is part of the struggle against evil men (Psalms 27:12; 37:14-15).
 
Suffering is also a part of the struggle in kingdom of God (2 Thessalonians 1:5).
 
Suffering is also a part of the struggle regarding the gospel (2 Timothy 2:8-9).
 
Suffering is designed to perfect and strengthen us, and to keep us from falling (Psalms 66:8-9; Hebrews 2:10).
 
Suffering produces discernment and increases our knowledge of Godís standards (Psalms 119:66-67, 71).
 
Suffering can result from our glorifying the name of Christ (Acts 5:41; 1 Peter 4:14).
 
Suffering allows us to share in Christís suffering (2 Corinthians 1:5; 1 Peter 4:12-13).
 
Endurance of suffering often results in endurance and patience, which often results in reward (2 Corinthians 4:17; 2 Timothy 2:12).
 
Suffering encourages the administration of the gifts for the common good (Philippians 4:12-15).
 
Suffering often binds Christians together (Revelation 1:9).
 
Suffering causes us to discipline our minds by making us focus our hope on the grace to be revealed at the revelation of Jesus Christ (1 Peter 1:6, 13).
 
Suffering teaches us to number our days so we can apply our hearts to wisdom (Psalms 90:7-12).
 
Through suffering God is able to obtain our broken and contrite spirit which He desires (Psalms 51:16-17).
 
Suffering is often involved in the struggle against injustice (1 Peter 2:19).
 
God uses suffering to humble us so He can exalt us at the proper time (1 Peter 5:6-7).
 
Suffering forces us to become humble (2 Corinthians 12:7).
 
Suffering is sometimes necessary to win the lost (2 Timothy 2:8-10; 4:5-6).
 
Suffering, according to God's will and purposes, may be a chastisement from God for sin and rebellion (Psalms 107:17).
 
Suffering strengthens and allows us to comfort others who are weak (2 Corinthians 1:3-11).
 
Suffering is small compared to the surpassing value of knowing Christ (Philippians 3:8).
 
God desires truth in our innermost being and one way He does it is through suffering (Psalms 51:6; 119:17)
 
The equity for suffering will be found in the next life (Psalms 58:10-11).
 
Suffering is correlated to the opportunity for greater grace (2 Timothy 1:7-8; 4:16-18).
 
Suffering instructs us to be thankful in times of sorrow (1 Thessalonians 5:17; 2 Corinthians 1:11).
 
Suffering most often increases faith (Jeremiah 29:11).
 
Suffering magnifies our hope (Job 13:14-15).


 
 
 
 

"The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the
children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and
joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we
may be also glorified together. For I reckon that the sufferings
of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory
which shall be revealed in us."
(Romans 8:16-18)
 
"If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he
also will deny us."
(2 Timothy 2:12)

 
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