Sooner or later, all of us go through difficult circumstances in our lives.
These are moments of great disorientation and pain that seem to have no meaning or purpose.
Being on this earth guarantees us suffering.
Suffering is an inescapable reality of humanity.
But, how can we face suffering with God?
That is the question I intend to answer today.
To do so, I would like to invite you to read with me a short bible text.
What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?
Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies.
Who then is the one who condemns?
Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?
Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? (…)
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8: 31 – 39
I would like to begin my presentation by giving some context to the words you just read in the Bible.
The Apostle Paul is speaking to Christians in Rome who were going through very difficult times because they were Christians.
They were being persecuted, imprisoned, whipped, had relatives in jail, their friends and family had turned their backs on them.
They had lost loved ones, property, and business.
They were going through very complicated things.
The apostle himself had gone through all those things as well.
In a few verses earlier, Paul told them that the sufferings they were going through would bring them closer to Jesus, because those sufferings would help them be more like Him.
You can read a little about that in this other blog post. Here.
Now with that in mind, in today’s text, the apostle gives more words of encouragement, telling them not to give up despite their sufferings.
Telling them that their sufferings for Christ’s sake were not in vain, that they could have the irrefutable certainty of salvation through Jesus.
The goal Paul wants to achieve by telling them that is that they would not give up.
Would not stop believing, despite the suffering and pain.
Because let’s be honest.
Those of us who have gone through difficult things know that we may feel it is not worth continuing to believe.
But today’s text reminds us that there is nothing good for us behind.
Let us keep going, keep believing, keep loving, keep waiting for the best from God.
The deepest word the bible writer gives his readers about how to face suffering is that nothing can separate them from the love of Christ.
A God who loves you so much that he gave himself up as a ransom for you cares about you in your difficult times and is willing to help you in the midst of them.
He wants to rescue you from pain.
You need to remember that He hasn’t forsaken you.
That He loves you just as He always has.
The love of Christ is comfort in the midst of suffering.
The suffering we go through with Christ, in Christ, and for Christ can be counted to us as a victory in him.
Because with Jesus in our lives, we can rest in the confidence that in the end, everything works for good.
It is better to suffer having Christ than to laugh while without him.
With Christ still in suffering, we have life.
Life without Jesus is not living.
Without Jesus, suffering and pain are meaningless, all that remains is hopelessness.
But with Him, everything takes on value and meaning.
The promise is clear, if God is on our behalf, no one can be against us.
Although it may seem that this circumstance will bring you down.
Remember that the love of Christ is your strength and that God will not allow your story to end there.
The gray days you go through are the dark night before dawn.
God wants and can give you joy and hope in the midst of pain.
God can and wants to write in your life a story of redemption.
To face suffering with God, it is necessary to hold on to Christ and his love in the midst of pain.
Hold on to his compassion and sympathy.
Remember that He suffers with us and that he is not indifferent to us.
To face suffering with God, it is necessary to hold on to his promises and remember that they are safe and true.
Remember that if the storm never ends on this earth, He has promised us much more than this.
He has already assured us the eternity of happiness by his side.
In Christ, we are guaranteed that promise.
Hold on to it, make that promise and the love of Christ your strength, and move forward by faith.
God bless you.
I hope these words are a blessing to your life. In the meantime, if you need help, a helping hand or an ear to listen to you. If you just want to chat write me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, it will be my privilege to be in touch.
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Blessings and a hug.