Suffering Strengthens You

The people of new testament times responded to suffering. Their trials, insults and adversities made them stronger. Once you see how they responded, you will realize that Suffering Strengthens You.

This is about how suffering strengthens you.

There are 143 passages in the New Testament that address suffering, trials, adversities, hardships, persecutions, and insults. I don’t think I’m going to list all of them. Here is a representative sampling:

From the book of Romans:

1 Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3 Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5 and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love was poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit whom God gave to us. (Romans 5:1~5)

They rejoiced in their sufferings. Why would they? Because they knew that..

  • suffering produces endurance…
  • and endurance produces character..
  • and character produces hope…
  • and hope did not put them to shame..
  • because God’s love was poured into their hearts
  • through the Holy Spirit whom God gave them!
From the book of 2 Corinthians:

7 So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited. 8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. 9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (2 Corinthians 12:7~10)

From the book of James:

2 Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, 3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. (James 1:2~4)

Meeting trials of various kinds produced joy. Why?

  • (because they knew that) the testing of their faith would produce steadfastness
  • They let steadfastness have it’d full effect…
  • …so they would be perfect…
  • …and complete…
  • …lacking in nothing!!

We should all take that offer!!

From the book of 1 Peter:

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, 5 who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, 7 so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 8 Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, 9 obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls. (1 Peter 1:3~9)

Look at their attitudes: they were grieved by various trials. How did they choose to respond? They rejoiced!! And why not? Look at what they had:

  • born again to a living hope…
  • …to an inheritance that is imperishable…
  • …undefiled..
  • …unfading…
  • …kept in heaven…
  • they rejoiced with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory

How could they not rejoice?? I’m sure they would agree that suffering strengthens you.

From the book of Revelation:

9 Behold, I will make those of the synagogue of Satan who say that they are Jews and are not, but lie—behold, I will make them come and bow down before your feet, and they will learn that I have loved you. 10 Because you have keep my word about patient endurance, I will keep you from the hour of trial that is coming on the whole world, to try those who dwell on the earth. 11 I am coming soon. Hold fast what you have, so that no one may seize your crown. (Revelation 3:9~11)

Well, what do you think? Would they agree that suffering strengthens you?

- Jan


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