SUFFERING: PAIN HELPS US FIND OUR GREATEST HAPPINESS IN GOD
August 25, 2013
2 Corinthians 12:7-10 ESV:  So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited.  Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me.  But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.  For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
God’s design for suffering is that it would increase our happiness
- Suffering hurts, a lot.
- Suffering provides us the best opportunity to assess our faith.
- Suffering provides us the best opportunity to increase our faith.
- Suffering provides us a remarkable opportunity to display to the others the happiness we find in Jesus.