What are some possible beneficial results of suffering?

There are enough possible beneficial results that I am sure we could never think of them all. However, we have the benefit of Scripture to steer us in the a general direction here.  It would seem that the one of the most important benefit to suffering is growing in godliness.  Another, perhaps even greater, is that we are pushed to seek out God, due to such an event.  “And when men and women failed to respond to the word of God, out of His love God sent them one tragic event compounded on top of another to drive them back to Himself. ” (Walter C. Kaiser Jr., Toward an Exegetical Theology, Kindle E-book, location 1741 of 2692)

“Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance;  perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.”  (Romans 5:3-5).  It would seem that the apostle Paul in his letter to the Romans, considers the trials and tribulations a good thing, so we in like manner should do so as well.  We also know that God does send judgment on nations, due to their sinfulness



About Daniel Mason

I write from the historic protestant worldview, that is, Reformed, specifically the conservatism within that tradition. That noble line extends from Edmund Burke to F.J. Stahl, Groen van Prinsterer to Abraham Kuyper, Herman Bavinck to H.R. Rookmaaker. View all posts by Daniel Mason

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