Suffering is worthwhile to those who love God!
As we continue to search the Scriptures regarding biblical love, we will soon discover that biblical love and the world’s love is very different. As we have already seen in the Scriptures, without God we cannot love as God loves. In fact, unbelievers cannot even understand what biblical love is. They even doubt or question the love of God. Even Christians have been led to believe that if they love God and are faithful to God, they will not suffer. That is not what the Bible teaches. The Bible says: “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28 KJV) We are often found guilty of making a verse say what we want it to say and many have taken this verse and even blamed God for our suffering. We need to realize that when the verse says “all things”, it is referring to both good and bad things. God uses both good and bad things to bring good to Christians. As we search the Scriptures we will soon learn that suffering is used to strengthen our faith, to make us wise, to bring about godly character and so much more. The Bible never says that Christians will not suffer. The Bible does say: “Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.” (2 Timothy 3:12 KJV) Nobody likes to suffer but as we study the Scriptures, we can be encouraged because God is faithful and will always be with us and help us through all our trials and suffering if we put our complete trust in Him. The Bible goes on to tell us: “But call to remembrance the former days, in which, after ye were illuminated, ye endured a great fight of afflictions; Partly, whilst ye were made a gazingstock both by reproaches and afflictions; and partly, whilst ye became companions of them that were so used. For ye had compassion of me in my bonds, and took joyfully the spoiling of your goods, knowing in yourselves that ye have in heaven a better and an enduring substance. Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward. For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.” (Hebrews 10:32-36 KJV) There are many Christians who suffer and as said before and although we don’t understand why we suffer, we can know that it is not because God does not love us. God loves us more than we could ever comprehend. How much do you love Him? Remember, suffering is only temporary and is worthwhile to those who love God!