The Joy of Suffering

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2 Corinthians 1:3-4 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort; who comforts us in all our affliction, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, through the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.

James 1:2-4 Count it all joy, my brothers, when you fall into various temptations, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. . . . that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

Romans 5:3-5 Not only this, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope: and hope doesn’t disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

Romans 8:28 We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to his purpose.

Luke 6:20-26 He lifted up his eyes to his disciples, and said,

    “Blessed are you who are poor . . .

    Blessed are you who hunger now . . .

    Blessed are you who weep now . . .

    Blessed are you when men shall hate you . . .

    But woe to you who are rich . . .

    Woe to you, you who are full now

    Woe to you who laugh now . . .

    Woe, when men speak well of you . . .”




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