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Pain and Difficulty: A GOOD Gift From God

Many people tend to think that suffering in life is a punishment from God.  The Bible teaches that pain and difficulty is actually God's mercy to us.  God uses the suffering we experience to shape and mold us to become more like Him. 

"He [God] disciplines us for our good, that we may share His holiness.  For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it." (Hebrews 12:10-11) 

Being a Christian does not mean that we get a free pass from difficulty.   The Bible is filled with examples of Godly men who suffered despite that fact that they were doing what God told them to do.  It is not the wrath of God to allow us to suffer, but rather his mercy working for our good and ultimate joy.  

"And we know that for those who love God, all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose." (Romans 8:28)

The Wrath of God

(Pt. 1) WE HAVE SINNED, BUT THERE IS MERCY

Everyone loves Easter Bunny Jesus, but no one likes the reality that, in the Scriptures, we visibly see the wrath of God towards sin and rebellion against Him.  All of us have fallen short and deserve eternal separation from God for our sins.    

Romans 3:23 "for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God"
John 3:36 "Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him."

Many times, we try to justify our sin or attempt to make it seem less offensive than it really is.  Here's an example: We tell 'little white lies,' but don't consider ourselves 'liars'.  We're often apathetic about the offense of our sin before God.  Two things that show God's seriousness about sin are: 1. The reality of hell, 2. The slaughter of Jesus on the cross.  Even though we all deserve eternal punishment, God gave us something we don’t deserve: MERCY.  He sent His son (Jesus) to die for all our wrong-doings so that we would be able to spend eternal life with Him.

(Pt. 2) SIN MUST BE PUNISHED

A common argument I hear is, "A God of love wouldn't send people to hell."  If you give Jesus a makeover and separate God’s wrath from His love, you no longer have the message of Christianity anymore.  God’s love and mercy are inseparably linked to His wrath.  Sin infects us and causes carnage in our lives.  Because God loves us, he does not tolerate sinful actions which lead to destruction.  Just as parents discipline their children, God does not overlook our sins.  If God overlooked our sins, He would not only a bad Father, but also an unjust judge.

(Pt. 3) JESUS WILL RETURN

Jesus is coming again one day.  The first time he walked this earth, Jesus did not come to judge the world, but to save it (John 12:47)."   When He returns (2nd coming), it will NOT be to extend mercy.  The wrath of God is being stored up against those who deny Him (Romans 2:5). 

"From his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron. He will tread the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty.  On his robe and on his thigh he has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords." (Revelation 19:15-16)

You will receive no judgement from me for believing differently, but the Bible does teach that Jesus is the only way to God and those who reject this message will obtain what we all deserve for sinning; separation from God for eternity.  Make a choice to follow Jesus while the offer is still on the table!

Check out this awesome song by Matthew Parker (Carbin Remix) that talks about God's coming judgement:

Life Transformation Through The Gospel

How does the good news of The Gospel impact out lives?  Are we being salt and light to the people around us?  Or are we just believing a set of historical facts?

Do you really know God and have a relationship with Him?  Or do you just know ABOUT Him?  We can know about someone without knowing them.  We study about Abraham Lincoln…We read about Brad Pitt in US Weekly magazine…but we don’t personally know either of these people.  It is possible to know about God without ever truly knowing Him.  That used to be me.  Praise God for opening my eyes to who He is!