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NOTE: The following is a handout for a topical message/discussion on the issue of suffering, an important pastoral/counseling/apologetics issue that is best addressed before someone goes through tough times and trials in their life.

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Don’t Waste Your Suffering (Handout)

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Purpose: Have a biblical understanding of suffering so that you have hope in Christ when life’s trials come upon you.
FIRST, don’t be surprise when suffering comes

Jesus tells us this: John 16:33

Apostle Peter tells us this: 1 Peter 4:12

Secondly, understand…

1.) God is in control (Matthew 10:29)


2.) God uses suffering in our lives for our good (Romans 8:28)


3.) You can handle the suffering God gives you (1 Corinthians 10:13)


How God uses suffering:

1.) God uses suffering to make us like Christ (Romans 8:29)


2.) God uses suffering to produce in us hope (Romans 5:3-5)


3.) Suffering shows us the mercy and compassion of God (James 5:10-11)


4.) Suffering makes us have eternity in perspective (2 Corinthians 4:17 cf. 1 Peter 4:13)


5.) Suffering is a way of relating to Jesus (Philippians 3:10)


6.) Suffering is a way of manifesting to others Jesus (2 Corinthians 4:18-20)


7.) Suffering allows us to comfort others (2 Corinthians 1:3-7)


Responding to suffering in light of God’s truth:

1.) Go to God for comfort (2 Corinthians 1:3-7)


2.) Be comforted that one day Suffering will be no more (Revelation 21:4)


3.) See future glory greater than present reality of suffering (Romans 8:18)


4.) Rejoice, since suffering is a gift (Philippians 1:29)


5.) Rejoice, since God is completing you (James 1:2-4)


6.) Make sure you are saved



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