What are the benefits of pain and suffering at the time? II

I greet you in the name of Jesus on this wonderful day! May God’s wisdom be multiplied unto you to make you able to go through pain and difficulties with dignity. We are talking about potential advantages that lie dormant in pain and sufferings. Yesterday we saw two particular advantages of pain and suffering. Today we will look at some more.Problems try and purify our faith.Quite often the Bible compares sufferings with the furnace used for the purification of metal that burns up all the dross.
 “In this your greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honour, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ” (1 Peter, 1:6-7).
James also said that our faith when tested demonstrates its true ‘face’.
 «My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience” (James, 1:2-3).
Without problems your faith cannot multiply and get strong.Problems form our character.You really cannot develop your character sitting in classrooms. Real situations and different circumstances provide opportunities for the development of the character. The problems that we despise the most have tremendous potential for the growth of spiritual muscles and moral consistency.Apostle Paul says that trials produce patience.
 «And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us” (Romans, 5:3-5).
The circumstances around us are not as important as the changes that are happening inside of us. Our situations are temporary, but the character we are developing through them is eternal.Allow God strengthen your faith and form in you a godly character through the difficult circumstances sent to you. Do not let these problems break your spirit and turn your life into ‘bitter water’. Trust God, and He will make you perfect in all things!We will continue tomorrow.Be blessed!Pastor Rufus Ajiboye

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