2 Corinthians 7:1, 9-11
Since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God… yet now I am happy, not because you were made sorry, but because your sorrow led you to repentance. For you became sorrowful as God intended and so were not harmed in any way by us. Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death. See what this godly sorrow has produced in you: what earnestness, what eagerness to clear yourselves, what indignation, what alarm, what longing, what concern, what readiness to see justice done. At every point you have proved yourselves to be innocent in this matter.

Start of another new week here in Vancouver and as time flies, so do missed opportunities to serve God and I thank God for His patience with us even as we sluggishly serve Him. This morning, my passage of scripture was a confirmation yet again about the purpose of suffering in our faith walk. Many will disagree with me and I ask the many to seek God in His fullness just as I am learning to. First Paul talks about what our faith walk must be like by saying that we should cleanse ourselves mind, body and spirit of everything that prevents us from doing so and we should become holy in reverence for God. This is quite the ask and is impossible for us to do on our own. How then does God accomplish this in us?

Suffering is something we have always looked down upon, prayed against, and begged God to take away from us. Yet God permits suffering in our lives and we wonder why? Paul in his 1st letter to the Corinthians was very harsh and in doing so brought about a revival in the church that glorified God. For God, purifying us to become like Him is what counts as we are going to share eternity in His presence. For Christ to live in God’s presence every moment, He has to be holy and has to love God beyond everything else. This is the same for us and to change us, God uses trials and tribulations because this life is the training grounds for the wonderful life after. Are you sorrowful, hurting, suffering? Get on your knees now and ask God to reveal what changes He wants in you to make you more like Him. Stop looking at suffering as an issue but instead look at suffering as an opportunity to learn and grow in the Lord.

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy

Romans 6:19 I am speaking in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness, resulting in further lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness, resulting in sanctification

Comments
  1. Eden says:

    It is true, many times God will use tough situations to get us on the track He wants for us. I was sick for quite some time at one point. Looking back I can see that it was all to put me where He wanted me. It was not fun being ill, but I am grateful for it now. Blessings and have a wonderful week!

    Eden

    • ServantBoy says:

      Eden,
      Yesterday after our Bible study, we prayed for a lady who has been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. In the past, I would not see this as praise worthy because this lady is suffering. However, we were reminded yesterday that God uses our sufferings to bring other believer on their knees, even people whom they don’t know many continents away, and also uses our sufferings to show testimonies of His miraculous touch, or His grace abounding in us, or so much more. There is always reason to praise God for everything that happens in our lives because in the end, that is what counts that we give God glory. I thank you for your encouraging comment and have been praying for you that God will continue to use you mightily.
      Blessings,
      Vineet

  2. You are so right about this. It’s not fun at the time, but it is always beneficial. If we never suffered anything, we might not seek Him like we should, know Him like we need to. God bless you! deb

    • ServantBoy says:

      Debbie,
      Thank you for concurring. There is always benefit and sometimes that benefit may not even be ours but God’s. I lost my Dad in ’03 and it was hard to go through that time but God has blessed my Mum with greater faith as she relies on Him for everything. She is now able to serve God in ways she could never have done before and turn people to Christ as a result. I still quake from the thought of what God could do to me but I rest in the comfort of Psalm 23:

      …Even though I walk
      through the valley of the shadow of death,
      I will fear no evil,
      for you are with me;
      your rod and your staff,
      they comfort me…

      Blessings to you and yours,
      Vineet

  3. Vineet,

    Amen. I am deeply blessed by this. Yes…because now more than ever, I have learned that suffering is a gateway into God’s purpose for our lives. It reminds me Hebrews 5:8 Although he was a son, he learned obedience from what he suffered. Hence, Jesus left us an example to follow. Suffering makes us come to a place of obedience…which God is looking for in each one of us because obedience is better than sacrifice.

    I am glad for the pain…I am glad for the weakness…I am glad for suffering!

    God bless you.

    Gladwell

    • ServantBoy says:

      Gladwell,
      I praise God for the wisdom He has bestowed upon you that you are able to see beyond the obvious. Yes, God certainly is looking for our total submission and it is sad that it takes us a lifetime to make that connection and to live in perfect submission.
      Blessings to you and yours,
      Vineet

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