Spiritual Profit from Suffering
Like snow, manifold trials come in many forms. Suffering is not limited to physical problems, although there is much agony in the body. No trial is pleasant, but its presence is understood to be a part of the Christian pilgrimage. The fellowship of Christ’s suffering yields spiritual profit to the believer who accepts a difficulty as a special messenger from God.
Suffering is an instrument used by God to bring His disciples into conformity to His righteousness. One can pass through the Valley of Heartache without learning and experiencing the spiritual profit of suffering.
Affliction will correct the waywardness of a believer.
Psalm 119:67 “Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now have I kept they word.”
Heartaches will provide a classroom experience for learning God’s Word.
Psalm 119:71 “It is good for me that I have been afflicted, that I might learn thy statues.”
Suffering will cleanse man of sin and purify his heart and soul.
Job 23:10 “But he knoweth the way that I take; when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.”
Trials are a proving ground of man’s faith in His Savior and a demonstration of his dedication and faithfulness to God.
Psalm 66:10-12 “For thou, O God hast proved us. Thou hast tried us as silver is tried. Thou brought us into the net; Thou laidist affliction upon our loins. Thou hast caused men to ride over our heeds; we went through fire and through water, but thou broughtest us out into a wealthy place.”
Difficulties encountered because of discipline will provide the peaceable fruit of righteousness.
Hebrews 12:11 “Nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.”
Persecution brings godly character and maturity.
I Peter 5:10 “After that ye have suffered awhile, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.”
Unexplained Events will teach the believer God’s perfect good and make the saint like the Redeemer.
Romans 8: 28-29 “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them which are called according to his purpose. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.”
Tribulation will change man’s temperament, provide knowledge, and increase hope in God.
Romans 5:3-5 “Tribulation worketh patience; and patience, experience; and experience, hop; and hope maketh not ashamed.”
Unchanging Conditions will cause men to cling to God’s grace.
II Corinthians 12:8-9 “For this thing I besought the Lord thrice that it might depart from me. And he said unto me, “my grace is sufficient for thee; for my strength is made perfect in weakness.’ ”
Testing will never go beyond Gods authority and man’s ability to endure.
I Corinthians 10:13 “There hat no temptation taken you but such is common to man but God is faithful who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able, but will with the temptation, also make a way to escape, that ye many be able to bear it.”
Troubles are not without God’s comfort for man’s future ministry.
II Corinthians 1:4 “Who comforteth us in all out tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them who are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.”
Sorrows make heaven shine brighter in the believer’s soul.
Romans 8:18 “For I reckon that the suffering of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”
Hardships will fill the saint with a desire to be present with the Lord.
Philippians 2:21, 23 “For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain . . . For I am in a strait betwixt two, having desire to depart and to be with Christ, which is far better.”
Misery will make this world less valuable and heaven more precious.
I Peter 1:7 “That the trial of your faith, being much more precious that of gold that perisheth.”
Struggles are not for long in comparison to eternity.
II Corinthians 4:17 “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.”
Child of God, don’t miss God’s very best spiritual blessings as you pass through deep waters and a fiery furnace. Murmuring, complaining, and doubting will rob you of God’s intended spiritual profit. “Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you. (James 4:8)
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