Explain how the following statement relates to the reason that Christians must suffer: “… something deep in the soul must be disturbed or deep change won’t occur”.

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    • #95338240

      Most people, Christian or not, live to stay clear of any tension. It seems to be a keep the peace type of attitude. The truth is that thinking can lead to a lukewarm, complacent place. The problem with this is there is no work on moving towards God-reliance versus self-reliance. For a Christian, suffering can quickly bring back the light of Christ’s binding covenant.

    • #95335301

      Comfort leads to complacency which leads to our sleep-walking through life. We are neither happy nor unhappy, just cruising through life, from one pleasure to the next, and trying to avoid pain. This is not the best context for spiritual development as we simply do not see the need/value in changing anything. However, suffering often leads to questions. We are questioning why things are the way they are. Suffering may either lead a gloomy worldview (everything/everyone is against me; the world is so unfair), or, with the support of a SoulCare giver, it may create fertile soil for holy tension where we begin t reflect on where we are in life and where we could get according to God’s ambitious vision for our life.

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      Christians’ suffering come from the convictions by the Holy Spirit and seeing our self centeredness and knowledge of our own deficiency. It is a process that we must go through to get us to repent and go back to God. Knowing God is faithful and have mercy does not automatically translate into we would depend on Him. Our suffering experiences will solidify our commitment to offer our lives to Christ and be separated from the world.

    • #95332422

      Not long ago, I’m not sure I understood suffering. I know people suffer and have hard times, but I felt like I had a handle on my life. In the past few months, everything has become intense and overwhelming and “suffering” describes my current state of mind and heart unlike I’ve ever known. It’s ironic, as I go through this course. My prayer life was stronger than ever when this started, and I felt like I was seeing supernatural moves of God… but now days, I just feel devastated, and like all day long it’s a crying out to God for respite. It feels as though the enemy wants me to give up, to get worn down, and honestly I don’t see God moving or answering my prayers. But yet in the middle of it, every day I try to remember that God is good, that we are blessed, and that I know he has a purpose and plan and will use this for His glory. I really never expected to suffer like this, I thought I would “handle” it better, or be able to just lean happily on the Lord, but it has been much harder than I ever imagined. But I will remain steadfast and believe that God is in control, and he will use it for good.

    • #95328505

      The comfortable are not motivated to seek change. Scripture repeatedly talks about the role of suffering in developing our character to be more like the internal world of Christ. James 1 talks about counting it all joy when we face various trial because they produce perseverance leading us to be mature and complete. The “all things” in Rom 8:28 includes the deep suffering that stirs us to be conformed to the image of His son.

    • #95316405

      We must see our sin and become uncomfortable with ourselves and it or we will not look to God for the forgiveness and power to change. We also need to see that it is not our own power, but in HIm and HIs power that we can change

    • #95293833

      Suffering shakes us from our ‘complacency.’ It disrupts our routine and arouse us to question and seek answers for our suffering. We don’t look for change when life is smooth-sailing, and are controllable.
      Suffering do surface the best and the worst of us, be it a Christian or not. Some grew into Christ-likeness, others becomes a victimizer.

    • #95279331

      Christians must suffer to be awaken to their deepest needs. Like the Titanic after hitting the iceberg, we must be hit and shaken, forced into a state of death or life to jolt us out of our complaceny, complaining, and discontent. The jolt must be so aggressive that all other distractions pale in comparison and our life with Christ matters more than anything else.

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