Suffering is a result of the fall, and therefore a part of life. Suffering increases your compassion and equips you to comfort others who suffer. Suffering strengthens your character. Suffering is often a direct result of sin, and therefore teaches obedience. Suffering sometimes is a tool of God's discipline. Suffering draws individuals to God, compelling them to repent of their sins. Suffering keeps you humble and dependent on Christ. Suffering compels you to look up and long for your heavenly redemption. Suffering joins people closer to Christ and his sufferings, especially in persecution. Even
in the midst of suffering, God is aiming for your ultimate good. Especially in the midst ofsuffering, God wants us to experience his amazing love. These 11 views of suffering help explain why it happens to us.•Imagine that a close friend has just suffered through a great personal loss (death of a loved one, natural disaster, disease, job loss, divorce, or a broken relationship) and your friend asks you why God would let such a terrible thing happen. How would yourespond to your friend?God loves us all and doesn't want to see these thing happen to us. We were born insin and all bad things that happen are a result of that. God also puts us through test to bring us closer to him. Take Job for example, God let Satan take away everything from him even his own health, but Job never turned away. God later blessed Job with more
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