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Monday, August 4, 2008
There are a lot of good reasons for suffering offered in Scripture: to discipline or to prevent sin, to develop perseverance, character and spiritual maturity, to prepare us to comfort others, to provide opportunities to share our faith and spread the news about Jesus, to follow Jesus’ example and thus bring honor to him and to show genuine faith and thus bring honor to God. Humanity and the entire world is imperfect because, we fail to give proper respect to God, we’ve distanced ourselves from the perfection that is God. Yet the all-powerful God who made us doesn’t force us into obedience. God wants real love and respect— So suffering reminds us that we aren’t self-sufficient, and it can cause us to consider God. Question? If God is good (if his nature and character is absolutely good) and he loves us, then why does he allow bad things to happen to us? Does God allow bad things to happen to people who love him in order to keep things fair, and balanced? Does suffering keep our love genuine?