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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

A couple of thoughts on the suffering of Christians ...

-- Maybe there's a connection with free will. I mean, if life were always super easy for Christians and not-so-easy for everyone else, people would end up choosing God as the "easy way out." God wants us to choose Him through faith, not convenience.

-- I think suffering helps us depend on God and go to our knees in prayer. I think we're less apt to pay attention to God and seek His help and guidance when life seems perfect.

-- I think God uses suffering to shape the character of His children. Here's a great quote by C.S. Lewis (from Mere Christianity): "Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of - throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself."

-- And lastly, about God's character in regards to suffering -- we are often quick to think of things not being "fair," but when we do so we only focus on the "unfair" things that are to our disadvantage. The "unfair" things that are to our GREAT ADVANTAGE far outweigh the ones that are to our disadvantage. These include GRACE, MERCY, and SALVATION. Yep, by definition they aren't "fair" - they are totally undeserved. Ok, I'll quit now. Sorry for the length of this. Please know that, while I can say all these things, I'm not always great at living like I know them. Gotta work on my know. live. share.



  1. i LOVE that quote! Thanks for sharing! -Lauren

  2. I do too! And you pulled out some great thoughts... wow.

    and it's not to long. discuss on my friend:)
    love mary

  3. ok I just read it again and I'm still pondering!! I LOVE the way that you pointed out the "unfair" things!!! They encompass the hard things (sometimes) AND the blessings!!! That's alot to think about!! mary