“Why have I come into this existence to suffer this level of pain?”
“Will we suffer in a way that is purposeful?”
Purposeful suffering. . .wow. . .I am prayerfully pondering the kingdom impact of making this concept.
“Know the man Paul so you can trust him as teacher.”
“Will your suffering find purpose in you?”
“Will your hardship be wasted?”
“We may articulate our theology but we demonstrate our beliefs through our suffering.”
This a powerful statement. It is so real so raw in it’s reach, it almost stings. Do you know what I mean?
I think we have to tread carefully here. Almost like leaving bloody footprints in freshly fallen snow. I’m just not graphic like that but when God gives me a striking picture, I try to obediently use it. Suffering waxes and wanes as does the intensity of our response to it. Our belief system may or may not be portrayed at any given moment as our humanity processes the pain. Given the grace of our Lord, perhaps it might more accurately approach the truth to say:
We may articulate our theology but we demonstrate our beliefs when (not if but when) The Resurrection rises in triumph over the suffering.