It is natural to run from the sufferings of this life, only to find more suffering. Some work to drown sorrows in alcohol, sex, drugs, gambling, shopping, etc. Some may use weird techniques to eliminate the pain by meditating on absolutely nothing. When will earthly suffering end? The answer: The Grave. You must run through life with this understanding. Just accept that life’s suffering unites color, sex, and socio-economic status. There is a natural unity in all of mankind and that is suffering.
The moment resolution is made about suffering in this life, you can move on with faith believing and trusting in the impossible. Jesus learned obedience by the things he suffered. Suffering is as natural as breathing air. Let the fire of suffering make you shine as gold.
There are two types of suffering. The first is because of disobedience to Christ and the second is obedience to Christ. You can add unnecessary suffering to your life. For all the pleasure that sin gives there is a tail that brings suffering. Ask the addict who lost everything they had in their life because of it. This suffering should be avoided and can be avoided by obeying the voice of God and understanding his will for your life. The second suffering can never be avoided. This suffering is found when you choose to obey God’s word over strong desires to sin against it.
There is a pain that develops in telling your flesh the answer is no. Ask the dieter who tries diligently to put down the potato chips, ice cream, pizza etc. The body will fight you. The devil will fight you. Spiritual darkness in heavenly places is against your success. Why? Your success shines the light for others to see and rejoice in the fact that making it is possible.
Breathing well in suffering is found in understanding that your suffering is not strange. For the follower of Jesus Christ understands that it is common to all believers. Since it is common, sit back and trust the Lord for the roller-coaster ride is almost over. Grab the hand next to you and say we will make it. Don’t allow the screams of others to cause you to lose hope. Jesus will never leave or forsake you and in the end he will be there to bring you home.
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Awesome post. The picture really portrays your message that we need to breathe well in suffering. Sometimes suffering grabs us and knocks all the air out of our lungs and it seems that we can’t breath and we feel that we are alone. But, just putting our heads up and breath in God’s mercy and grace will fill us with hope and the divine assurance that we can overcome our earthly sufferings. Amen
Indeed. “We can overcome our earthly sufferings” though Christ who strengthens and will not place anything before us that he has not given us the power to handle.
Wonderful message Roger and so very true! One day we will be free from this cell of flesh….and if the right choice was made…an end to suffering. God bless!
good post. good timing, needed to hear. God bless!
glad to hear.
Christ “learned” obedience?
Your comments make me chuckle. Thanks for reading.