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Experiencing Suffering

1 Peter 5:10  But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.

Suffering is something that none of us ever wants to experience within our lives. Even though it is something we do not want, at the same time, it is a reality that Christians must experience. It is out of suffering that God opens the door of true fellowship. Suffering does not always fit into a certain mold. Suffering comes from financial instability, family disasters, faith-based persecution, loss, and even sickness. We encounter suffering through hardships, social rejection, and even tragedy. It is an experience that all of us must endure.

Please pay close attention to what this text is teaching us. Suffering is temporary. I want to take a moment and have us refer to Job. His pain and suffering was extreme, but it was also temporary. What happened in a matter of moments defined his entire testimony. The realization of this scripture is to teach us that suffering can be extremely painful on multiple levels, but it is also not going to last forever. Suffering may last a while. We just need to understand that suffering is still temporary.

The key to walking through this scripture is to understand that God’s grace and eternal glory is experienced through some of the most painful experiences of life. God’s grace and glory through the avenue of suffering is able to perfect us, stabilize us, strengthen us, and settle us. We must always remember that the trial of our faith worketh patience.

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