Discover the sense of suffering
To discover the sense of suffering we have to know what causes suffering and we have to discover the benefits of suffering and the sense of life itself.
The cause and the natural benefits of suffering.
We suffer when we have an emotional or a physical pain. Our brain is wired in such a way that it helps us to survive and not to thrive. That’s why we have the inclination to flight or to fight when we are threatened or when we have to deal with emotional or physical pain. So the natural sense of suffering is to warn us trough pain so that we can survive.
The sense of life in God’s eyes
The Bible tells us that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. Jesus is life to us because He is our source of life as our Creator as well as our Redeemer. In John 17:3 it is written: And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. So the sense of life is to know God and His Living Word, Jesus, so that we can be witnesses to Jesus. To do this the right way we have to learn to love God with all our heart, with all our soul, with all our strength, and with all our mind, and our neighbor as ourselves. The problem is that we can only do this if we believe that God has loved us this way first and that He has provided us with the Spirit and the love for this purpose. So in the Spirit of freedom, we have to love God and our fellow man by faith working through love. To be successful in this matter we have to be free from individualism, what’s nothing more than pride.
The sense of suffering in God’s eyes
God uses suffering to correct a person from individualism, an expression of pride, which withholds him from loving God and his fellow man the way that God wants it. An individualistic person lives in the flesh for the lust of men, and not for the will of God. When that person repents, change his mind, then God will use that suffering as an opportunity in disguise to glorify Jesus as the God who saves. This is the way that God chastens His sons. This we can see in Isaiah 48:10, Hebrews 2:10, Hebrews 5:8, and Hebrews 12: 5-6.
Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction.
For it was fitting for Him, for who are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.
Though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered.
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.
How to prevent some sufferings
To prevent some sufferings, we have to arm ourselves with the mind of Christ, 1 Peter 4:1-2, or we can live like the disciples of Jesus in Acts 2:44-47 or Acts 4:32-35, or we can train ourselves with fasting to be humble. Psalms 35:13 and Isaiah 58.
So we have seen that the sense of suffering is chastening, humbling, or creating an opportunity in disguise to glorify Jesus as the God who saves.
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