TCH MINI-STUDY: 20
GOD USES OUR SUFFERING TO HUMBLE US AND MAGNIFY HIMSELF
allows the presence, life, and power of Christ to be manifested within our mortal lives (2 Corinthians 4:7-11).
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,
Suffering imparts the mind of Christ to and in us (Philippians 2:1-11).
Suffering is part of the struggle against sin
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
Suffering is designed to perfect and strengthen us, and to keep us from falling (Psalms 66:8-9; Hebrews 2:10).
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
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).
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).
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
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).
instructs us to be thankful in times of sorrow (1 Thessalonians 5:17; 2 Corinthians 1:11).
Suffering most often increases faith
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
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."
"If we suffer, we shall also
reign with him: if we deny him, he
also will deny us."
(2 Timothy 2:12)