by Stan Coffey

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Help for Hurting People
Suffering Can Be Your Friend
Stan Coffey
2 Corinthians 12:1-10

Today if you have your Bible I want to invite your attention to II Corinthians chapter 12. We are going to continue to think about help for hurting people. Somebody said that be as kind as you can to everyone that you meet, because everyone that you meet has a heartache. And I believe that is true no matter who they may be. And sometimes we look at other people and they seem to be doing all right and they are not showing any pain, but on the inside, they are crying. And that is the way life is. Jesus said in the world you will have tribulation but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world. And today I want to talk to you about suffering. And I want to speak to you about "Suffering Can Be Your Friend."

"I besought the Lord thrice", that is I prayed earnestly three times. And that is parallel with the experience of Jesus in Gethsemane, three times He prayed, O God let this cup of suffering pass from Me. But even though He was the Son of God, because He was the Son of God, the Father said this is the only way and He prayed not My will, but Thine be done. So Paul says three times, I prayed for this suffering to leave me.

This passage contains of the greatest paradoxes and one of the greatest mysteries in the Bible. And that is, that suffering can actually be your friend. I don't think any of us like suffering. There might be something wrong with us if we actually enjoyed suffering, whether it is mental suffering or physical suffering or emotional suffering. And yet, the Bible says that suffering can be a friend to the child of God. And we are given here the example of the apostle Paul

Now one day the Lord Jesus said to Paul, Paul I want to show you something that I have never shown a man before. I want to show you something that you can't tell anybody else about. You can write the book of Romans, Ephesians, Philippians, and Colossians, but you ...

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