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Suffering (Accepting or Avoiding It)

“During the temptation in the wilderness, in both the Matthew and Luke accounts, Satan offers Jesus worldly power by the wrong means. His method essentially involved a detour around the cross, an inducement to take the easy way. But Christ knew the path to the fulfillment of His mission was through the cross, not around it. He says in the Gospel of John that in this world trouble will come (John 16:33). James says we will face trials as well and strangely that we should consider it joy (James 1:2-3). The bottom line message to us is that through our suffering, if we cling to God, that we will experience growth that leads to our salvation. We will experience the cross. If we try to avoid suffering at all costs, we distance ourselves from the cross and from Christ.” (Foundation Study Bible, Luke 4:5, Sacramental Living Blog)

“Suffering has the potential to lead human beings either to despair, misery and self enclosure or to transcendence through hope and faith, trusting the benevolence of God and His covenant relationship with His people.” (Fr. Emmanuel Clapsis)

“God does not promise deliverance from persecution, but deliverance through it. Persecution is one of the means that God uses to bring about our growth and sanctification (2:12; Matt. 5:10–12; Rev. 2:10).” (Foundation Study Bible, 2 Timothy 3:12)

“Don’t seek out suffering, and don’t try to avoid it. Instead, keep on doing what is right whether or not it brings suffering…Suffering helps us be like Christ, yet people will do anything to avoid pain. Followers of Christ, however, should be willing and prepared to do God’s will and to suffer for it if necessary.” (Life Application Study Bible, 1 Peter 4:16, 1 Peter 4:1-2)

“God is in charge during every upheaval in our lives.” (Dynamis 10/27/2014)

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