It’s painful.  It’s painful suffer defeat.  It’s painful to suffer setbacks.  It’s painful to experience tragedy.  It’s painful to suffer persecution.  It’s painful to suffer hunger and thirst.  It’s painful to suffer lack.  It’s painful to suffer hardship.

But it’s also painful to grow.  It’s painful to change.  It’s painful to learn.  It’s painful to train.  It’s painful to obey.  It’s painful to lead.  And it’s very painful to love.

With that said, we as believers are not except from pain, suffering and hardship.  According to scripture, we’ve been designed for it.  Pain, suffering and hardship has a way of pulling the power and presence of God out of us so we can affect our world.

We’ve been designed to endure hardship… it forms us into people of power and people of character.   It’s all right; I know it’s painful… but Jesus designed it this way… yeah, I know it hurts –It hurts me as well…  But know that today’s pain is tomorrow’s gain for you and others!

Here are some scriptures on pain, suffering and hardship.  Just thought you wanted to know what God says about it. 🙂

Matthew 5:11
  “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.”

James 1:2-4  
“Consider it pure joy…whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.  Perseverance must finish its work so that you will be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”

Romans 5:3-5  “We also rejoice in our suffering because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character, character, hope.  And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit whom he has given us.”

James 1:12
  “Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.”

Hebrews 5:8  
“Although he was a son, he (Jesus) learned obedience from what he suffered.”

2 Timothy 4:5 “But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.

 

5 Comments

  1. Berna on October 25, 2011 at 5:43 PM

    Thanks for sharing, cousin. I needed that word today. 🙂



  2. Manny on October 25, 2011 at 6:47 PM

    Well Pastor we know that we have to pass pain to get to the next level and if we don’t suffer in the things we do we will never get to the kingdom. we will not let our hardship fall so we can reach the world.



  3. Jalina on October 25, 2011 at 9:30 PM

    Pastor, even though your blog today is on Pain, Suffering and Hardship it is encouraging to hear GOD’s Word and know that everything is going to be alright. We must not loose focus and endure. Thanks Pastor.



  4. januel on October 25, 2011 at 10:12 PM

    Paster to overcome pain and suffer is put in place to overcome them amd learn from our mistakes to do it again and make it better to accomplish them.



  5. Mario on October 28, 2011 at 8:19 AM

    We have to endure hardship that’s the key. We have to stood and endure then we will learn and God will give us the victory. In every situation the scripture says that the Lord will fight the battle and He will give us the victory. The only thing that God is asking for us is to believe and endure the hardship because is not going to last forever.