Presentation on theme: "1 Benefits Of Suffering. 2 Introduction There are many reasons Why men suffer: Their own sins The sins of others As a faithful Christian standing."— Presentation transcript:
1 Benefits Of Suffering
2 Introduction There are many reasons Why men suffer: Their own sins The sins of others As a faithful Christian standing for the truth – standing with God because we love Him
3 Introduction Suffering may be either beneficial or destructive – it depends upon how the one suffering reacts to it Suffering can be the source of wonderful blessings if we react in the right way!
4 1. Suffering Helps The Suffer To Know Himself One of the greatest needs of man is to know himself
6 1. Suffering Helps The Suffer To Know Himself Mt. 26:21 ff Before he was severely tested (which he failed) – Peter thought he was a tower of strength However, the actual testing “introduced Peter to himself”
7 1. Suffering Helps The Suffer To Know Himself We may not really know ourselves until we have been put into “the crucible of suffering”
8 2. It Helps Us See What Is Really Important In the midst of great suffering we come to see what is really important Wealth, power, popularity and such like have little appeal to a dying man
9 3. It Helps Us To Be Thankful For Our Blessings We often take our blessings for granted Let us remember that all good gifts come from God Be thankful for the privilege of prayer, for salvation, the privilege of worship etc.
10 4. Suffering Helps Us See The Value Of Prayer 2 Ch. 33:9-13
11 5. Suffering Helps Us Better Understand The Fatherhood Of God Mt. 6:9
13 6. Helps Us To Better Understand Our Love For Others When we see others suffer even to the point of dying, it helps us to better understand how much they mean to us – how much we truly love them 1 Cor. 13
14 7. It Helps Us To See That The Darkest Hours May Come Before The Brightest How many give up too soon?
2 Cor. 5:7-8 15
Gal. 6:9 16
Rev. 2:10 17
8. Some Spiritual Heights Are Only reached By Going Through The Valley Of Affliction & Tears 18
2 Cor. 4:
Deut. 4:40 20
Ps. 119:71 22
Conclusion “Suffering provides the suffering an opportunity to ‘begin anew’ the monumental task of building the kind of life God would have him build” 23
Conclusion Instead of reacting bitterly against God each suffer should realize that he and his family may be richly blessed 24
Job 13:15 25
References Spiritual Sword, Blessed Are Those Who Suffer---Faithfully (Mt. 5:10-12), Vol. 4 #3 26