The Value of Afflictions In The Christian’s Life

We know that all mankind has lives of sufferings in one way or another and to one degree or another. So, even as all men suffer, for the Christian, our suffering is redemptive and profitable. Most of us as sincere Christians can say we have gained spiritually in and through enduring the sufferings of life.

Our view moves away from the temporal toward the eternal as we endure life’s training through suffering.

2 Timothy 2:12 If we suffer, we shall also reign with him… (In heaven).

Suffering In the Life of Believers

Contrary the to common belief of people, the Bible doesn't teach that all men are the 'children of God.' Consider that Jesus of Nazareth said to the religious leaders of His day: "Ye are of your father the devil" (John 8:44). By contrast, the Apostle Paul wrote to the Christian believers at Galatia: "Ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus" (Gal.

Part 1 - The Suffering of All Men

We all know there is great suffering in the world and we have each tasted of it to one degree or another in our own lives. Certainly by the time we reach mid-life most people have seen a goodly amount of suffering. The fact is that life is full of suffering, disappointments, and circumstances and situations that are contrary to our preferences. We ultimately come to realize that we cannot entirely control our health, our wealth or our relationships.