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2010-08-12 12:29:49 (UTC)

why is there pain and suffering

1- Pain and suffering can help us to learn important
lessons in life.

Scripture: Deuteronomy 32:10,11

2- Pain and suffering can bring about creativiy,
resourcefulness and courage.

Scripture: Psalms 18; 42; 63; 126

3- Pain and suffering can help us to comfort others who
are going through similar pain.

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 1:3-5

4- Pain and suffering can help to shape our character.

Scripture: Isaiah 48:10; Zechariah 13:8,9: James 1:2-4

5- Pain and suffering can test us to show what we are made

Scripture: Genesis 22:1-14 describes the test of Abraham.
The entire book of Job tells about Job's test. Matthew
26:69-75 tells about a test where Peter failed and he
learned something about himself. Acts 4:1-21 tells about a
test in which Peter was victorious and his enemies could
see the strength of his faith. The testing of the early
Christians is described in various places such as Foxe's
Book of Martyrs. In Matthew 7:24-27 Jesus beautifully
illustrated the results of testing in a simple story.

6- Pain and suffering can lead to repentance and
Sometimes it takes pain and suffering to turn a person's
life around and head it in the right direction.

Scripture: Judges 2:11-19

7- Pain and suffering can sometimes help us to trust God.
Perhaps we are forced to turn to God because we have no
other place to turn.
Example: There are numerous people who have made the
decision to trust God because of their pain and suffering.
Scripture: Job 40:3-5; Job 42:2, 3; Lamentations 3:19-24;
Daniel 3:16-18; Habakkuk 3:17-19

8- Bearing pain and suffering well can be an inspiration
to others.

9- Pain and suffering can have a Divine purpose in
preparing us for glory.

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 4:16-18

10- Pain and suffering can prevent us from becoming
dangerously proud.
Example: Again Paul said that his "thorn in the flesh" was
to keep him from becoming proud and arrogant.
Scripture: 2 Corinthians 12:7-10

11- Sometimes pain and suffering in the life of one person
can result in the advancement of the gospel in the life of
another person.
Example: I know a family who accepted Christ because of
the suffering of one member who died of cancer.
Scripture: Philippians 1:12-14

12- Pain and suffering can allow us to be like Jesus.