Updated: May 20
1. Remember that even God suffered.
Though not the only thing, it is quite a powerful truth that makes Christianity unique from all other religions. God not only suffered when He didn’t have to, He also suffered unjustly to justify those who rightly deserved His righteous wrath.
2 Corinthians 5:21
“For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”
2. Remember that in His suffering, God still loved and helped others, even people who hated Him. See Matt 26:1-79 (and the whole bible).
I would love to go into this entire passage but I want to just state a few of the many highlights:
-Jesus loved and served His disciples and Judas knowing that they would abandon Him in watchful prayer and ultimately to His execution.
-Peter compounded his own sin by denying the sinless Savior. In all of this, Jesus still served and helped Peter.
-Jesus didn’t call angels to wipe out Judas or his disciples, He still washed their feet, and there is no indication that He took a harsh tone with anyone except when the disciples where sleeping during prayer, or when Peter sliced off an enemies ear. Let that sink in, Jesus rebuked Peter for attacking an enemy, which as a result, was trying to prevent Christ from accomplishing His mission to die for His church.
-Jesus was doing all of this while in severe pain, discomfort, and in a darkness none of us will ever completely be able to comprehend. He suffered in this way and yet He still loved and helped others.
3. Remember that your own suffering, past and present, can be used to serve others in their suffering.
In fact, you were called to do this very thing.
2 Corinthians 1:3-7
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too. If we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; and if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which you experience when you patiently endure the same sufferings that we suffer. Our hope for you is unshaken, for we know that as you share in our sufferings, you will also share in our comfort.”
4. Remembering that all suffering should drive us to Jesus
In conclusion, all this should lead us to this statement:
“Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death. But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead.” (2 Cor 1:9)
Guiding principals to live by when suffering:
1. God Suffered
2. God loved when He suffered
3. God calls you to love when you suffer
4. God calls you to love and trust the One who Suffered for you
If you have some examples of God has done these things for you, put them in the comment section.
Be blessed brothers and sisters!