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Is There a Reason to Our Suffering? (1 of 5)
Series: Why Does God Allow His People to Suffer
1 Peter 5:10
1. THE DIFFERENT EXPRESSIONS OF SUFFERING
a) Suffering Legally
b) Suffering Unjustly
c) Suffering Spiritually
2. THE DEFINITE EXPERIENCE OF SUFFERING
a) Suffering Is Experienced in the Christian Life
b) Suffering Is Expected in the Christian Life
3. THE DIVINE EFFECT OF SUFFERING
a) The Divine Purpose of Suffering
b) The Divine Provision for Suffering
There are two questions that have often left people confused and bewildered. One is, why does God allow bad things happen to good people; and the second is, why does God allow good things happen to bad people. We are often confused to why it seems that good things are always happening to godless people, but on the other hand, bad things are always happening to godly people.
Let me try and give you an answer to those questions. As for the reason why God allows good things to happen to bad people, the explanation is in one word, the word mercy. There is no other way to explain it. God is a merciful God. Jesus said, ''He maketh His sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust'' (Matt 5:45).
As for the question, why does God allow bad things to happen to good people, the answer is in the word ministry. In 1 Peter 5:10 Peter tells us that God has a ministry in our suffering. He says, ''But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.''
Someone has said that a bar of steel is worth five dollars. When it is wrought into horseshoes, it is worth ten dollars. If made into needles, it is worth three hundred and fifty dollars. If wrought into penknife blades, it is worth thirty-two thousand dollars. And if it is wrought into springs for watches, it is worth two hundred and fifty thousand dollars. The ...
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