To say that suffering has its purpose is difficult to accept for most believers or even for those who are non-believers. The Apostle Peter helps us understand its reason and purpose.
“In his kindness God called you to share in his eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus. So after you have suffered a little while, he will restore, support, and strengthen you, and he will place you on a firm foundation. All power to him forever! Amen.” 1 Peter 5:10-11 (NLT)
The first purpose, as discussed by Peter, is so that we can share in and experience His suffering. When we share and experience His suffering, we will also share in His eternal glory.
Many believers question why they have to experience suffering, and some even complain. But if God did not spare His own Son from suffering, why should He spare you? Remember, when you suffer in Christ, you will also share in His eternal glory. So, if you are experiencing suffering now, don’t despair, it’s part of the process. Just praise God in the suffering and you will soon experience the glory.
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