Christians accept hardship as an integral part of life. Due to the fall, we understand that everybody, even Christians, will be suffering. The Christian view of the world has various aspects explaining how suffering occurs as outlined in the overview (Topic 6 Overview, 2017). Suffering is the product of the fall, and consequently a part of life. Sorrow enhances ones kindness and enabling us all to reassure others that are suffering. Having to suffer reinforces ones personality. Suffering is mostly a clear result of sinning, and wants to teach conformity accordingly. Occasionally suffering is an instrument of God's discipline. Suffering continues to draw people to God and compels them to seek forgiveness of ones wrongdoings. Suffering helps to keep one humble and reliant upon Christ. Suffering forces you to seek your divine salvation and to long. Suffering, particularly in persecution, unites people closer to Christ and his hardships. Even in the midst of crisis, God looks toward ones greatest reward. God desires everyone to encounter his intense love, particularly amid suffering. Such various perceptions of hardship helps to understand why we do it. • 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 you respond to your friend?
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