Today in our Thursday morning Bible study, we had 4 new ladies! What a great addition to the group and what insights they shared! We are doing R.C. Sproul's book, Now, That's A Good Question! I was out last week and today we were finishing up the chapter on suffering!
I for one, am quick to moan and groan with any little suffering, but the scriptures that were brought up today made me so ashamed! None of us have or ever will suffer like Christ suffered for us. 1 Peter 2:21 and following says.....For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps. He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth. When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly.
Many more scriptures were shared, I'll just list a few.
2 Corinthians 12: 9-10 Paul talks about his suffering.
Psalm 119:50 talks about comfort in our suffering
Romans 5:3-5 talks about rejoicing in our suffering, knowing that it produces endurance, which produces character, which produces hope!
Romans 8:18-25 talks about how our sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.
There are many more.
Christ suffered so for us. He tells us we will suffer in this world, but He also tells us to rejoice in our suffering. He comforts us when we suffer. He's right there in the midst of it with us!
Martha, who was our leader today, is a great Bible teacher! I have learned so much from everyone in our group. I'm thankful for them all!
I am thankful that we have our great God who comforts us and is right there with us in the suffering.