Let suffering make us better, not bitter

Notes from sermon given by Jade Holownia of Tenth Church in Vancouver.

Scripture passage: James 1:1-12

To access full audio sermon click on this link below:
http://mtpleasant.tenth.ca/media/2015-07-06-a-faith-that-perseveres

In a trial, challenges or suffering, we shall do the following:

  1. Plan
  2. Perspective shift
  3. Persevere

Don’t be unprepared; open our eyes, we WILL face trouble in this life.  Suffering produces benefits, maturity, and completion, “not lacking in ANYTHING.

Victor Francl: man can survive any how with a why.

If there is a purpose in the suffering, then you can endure with God’s help.

Suffering burns away pride, leaving humility;
it burns away indifference, leaving compassion and empathy;
it burns away the illusion that we are in control and independent, and leaving us with the truth of how dependent we are on God.  In this kind of suffering we triumph with a sense of freedom from all things we thought we needed.

The things left are what is good.

Suffering is like a furnace that God uses to refine us, test us, to improve us to make us the best we can, to become pure gold. (Proverb 17:3)

If we ALLOW Him, He WILL finish the job.

Malcom Muggeridge: “everything I learned was through affliction and not happiness.”

Suffering makes you better, not bitter.  WISDOM is how you get through the trials.

Worldly wisdom indoctrinates us to seek comfort, to self-medicate, to sooth pain, to run to substances, fleeting pleasures, and illusory self-satisfaction.

But James calls us to take advantage of this opportunities to become better people.

AMEN!

About R. Lin

依靠主8年。感謝主給我們好老師和好教材,欲將在北美聽到的講道以及課文翻譯成中文與更多朋友分享。提姆凱勒有一句極有趣的話:文是為福音所造。"The ultimate purpose of language is the Gospel." - Tim Keller 福音美兮,願我在這裡的拙文能同大家享受也分享上帝的福音。 現職建築工程業界,禱告順服給上帝使用。 C.S. Lewis Institute Fellow (Chicago Chapter) 魯益師研究院 同仁 Registered Translator in British Columbia (Chinese to English); Translator and interpreter of English to Chinese literature Enthusiast of Christian apologetics, art, culture, history, literature, religion, science, philosophy, design, music, and thoughtful living.
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