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The Good Side To Suffering
By Brian Price 11/30/2012

"10 For thou, O God, hast proved us: thou hast tried us, as silver is tried.
11 Thou broughtest us into the net; thou laidst affliction upon our loins." - Psalms 66:10-11
Sometimes suffering brings about our greater good. Have you have ever heard of the saying, The end justifies the means? Decisions from positions of power are often made from the perspective of weighing things in the balance. Should certain laws be enforced at the consequences of others being broken? Should certain lives be saved at the possibility of others being lost? Likewise, God sees the benefit of allowing suffering in our lives to bring about a greater good. I am certain that Job had no idea that the sufferings that he went through would be printed in a book and be sent into the whole world, encouraging millions to endure trials by trusting God. But you see, what he went through allowed God to bring about a greater good - the comfort and encouragement his testimony has brought to others. Sometimes, suffering is necessary.

Paul said in 2 Corinthians chapter 1:

"3 Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;
4 Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.
5 For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.
6 And whether we be afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effectual in the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer: or whether we be comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation.
7 And our hope of you is stedfast, knowing, that as ye are partakers of the sufferings, so shall ye be also of the consolation.
8 For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired even of life:
9 But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead:
10 Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us."
You see, Paul understood that the things he was going through was for the purpose of comforting those who were going through the same things. And Paul didn't suffer with those afflictions forever. Those sufferings he went through were temporary. Likewise, the things we go through are temporary. We can be glad at that fact, because we can realize that no suffering is forever. One day, the Bible promises that God will do away with suffering. Revelation says that there won't be any death, neither tears, neither shall there be any more pain.

And finally, notice that Paul said that they had the sentence of death in themselves. Sometimes our sufferings are so bad, that we are literally on the verge of death. Jesus exhorted his disciples saying, "... in your patience, possess ye your souls." Do not be surprised if your sufferings are bringing you to the brink of death. It is common to all men. The Bible says that, "... the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world." - 1 Peter 5:9 So do not think that you are the only one going through this terrible trial. Be comforted to know that lots of people in this world are going through the very same things.

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