Love and Suffering & GraceFull Tuesday Link-Up

Love and Suffering

This past summer, I have been thinking about love and suffering through sacrifice. These two, they have been woven into the stories of this summer all around. Love and suffering. These both sometimes seem bigger than life. And they are often connected.

Oswald Chambers writes, “To choose to suffer means that there is something wrong; to choose God’s will even if it means suffering is a very different thing. No healthy saint ever chooses suffering; he chooses God’s will, as Jesus did, whether it means suffering or not.”

Sometimes, love comes with suffering. And sometimes, suffering comes with love.

So when you wonder how much you need to sacrifice of yourself for love.
When you wonder how much hurt you can and have to bear.
Or when you wonder if love was really worth all the sorrow and hurt, all the grief and pain.

The answer is yes. Yes, always.

By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.” (1 John 3:16)

The life of the disciple of Christ is not always easy. Sometimes, it requires great sacrifice. And sometimes it requires those small sacrifices in the midst of the every day. We walk through trying times, sorrow, and suffering. But in it all, God is with us.

Friend, God is with us. He is with you, and that is a promise.

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  1. “The life of the disciple of Christ is not always easy. Sometimes, it requires great sacrifice. And sometimes it requires those small sacrifices in the midst of the every day.”

    So very true. We did not choose to suffer when we left our home to follow Jesus but in that giving up we eventually became destitute and homeless. Since 2009 we have suffered immense loss and deprivation in following God. Though the suffering is hard Jesus is worth every sacrifice. We would rather be obedient to Jesus and face the consequences than to have a comfortable life and miss Him completely.

    Blessings,
    Homer Les
    Uncompromising Faith

  2. Yes, I think there’s a huge misconception among many believers that the following life is all ease and prosperity. God has actually promised “tribulation” in this world, but he has also promised his presence.

  3. Our pastor has been teaching a series on suffering, too. it’s been excellent and has taught us so much about being prepared for suffering because it does come to all who follow Him.

    1. Suffering is so hard because no one of us would choose it but as followers of Jesus, we will face trials and hard times. Still we have the beautiful promise of His presence with us always! Thanks for visiting here, Donna! God bless you

  4. After many years of study, I believe Jesus did the suffering for us to be blessed. He really gives us grace and the enemy deceives, we often feel we have to suffer for Him, but we are limited and He is not. He knew we would have trials but made us a way to overcome. His love is worth it, but He was punished for our peace and that is a gift.

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