1 Therefore, since Christ has suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same purpose, because he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, 2 so as to live the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for the lusts of men, but for the will of God.
1 Peter 4:1 NASB (emphasis added)
There are a few views out there, but we will search the scriptures together. Feel free to complete some “pre-work” in your personal study and reading. My prayer is that this time together will help us to gain more sobriety when it comes to suffering. All suffering is not a curse or penalty for sin. Neither is all suffering spiritual in origin. Some things we do. Some things we allow an enemy to do. Some things we inherit; and when aware, we have the power to change. Some things God initiates. Some things God allows.
We can be sure, though, that suffering is guaranteed.
Ours in this first session is not to find roots, per se, but to solidify the Scriptural place on suffering. Too many believers “fall off the wagon” with God when tough times come. We want to gain wisdom and encouragement and understanding from God’s Word on this topic. I believe His promise is true:
9 “As for you, my son Solomon, know the God of your father, and serve Him with a whole heart and a willing mind; for the LORD searches all hearts, and understands every intent of the thoughts. If you seek Him, He will let you find Him; but if you forsake Him, He will reject you forever. ~ 1 Chronicles 28:9 (emphasis added)
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