Benefits Of Suffering

Benefits Of Suffering

Ref 1 Peter 1:6-7

There is a reason for trials, tests, persecutions, sufferings and troubles we go through, from which no believer is immune. While we know that without faith it is impossible to please GOD, we learn in 1 Peter 1:6-7 that (a) faith is tested by trials, troubles and persecutions, (b) GOD uses trials to prove the genuineness and authenticity of our faith, (c) GOD uses trials to purify, grow and strengthen our faith and (d) tried or tested faith praises, honors and glorifies GOD. We require faith to walk in the will of GOD, His promises and the provisions of salvation; therefore it is vitally critical that we have the right perspective regarding trials and sufferings.

As we go through tribulation, we must be strong and imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises (Hebrews 6:12). Abraham did not consider his own body being dead or Sarah’s barrenness, but was strengthened through faith, giving glory to GOD, not wavering at the promise, nor falling from the faith. GOD has allowed us to be tested but not beyond what we are able. He is not removing the trial but makes a way out of the trial for us.

When the devil asked to sift Simon as wheat, GOD did not stop the trial, but instead prayed for him that his faith would not fail. If GOD has permitted for you to go through a trial, test or temptation as a believer, He will provide a way out for you. He is faithful to see you through. It does not matter how your trial comes, but as a child of GOD, if you would cry out to Him, the LORD will be there to save you. 

Among the various benefits of suffering for a believer stipulated in Scripture are the following:

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