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Scripture:

  • Ephesians 5:25-27
  • 1 Corinthians 1:9
  • Hebrews 4:14-16
  • 2 Corinthians 4:7-18

 

Suffering prepares us to be the bride of Christ.  On our own, we are a messy and dirty bride.  Suffering is used by God to purify and transform us.

Suffering allows us to comfort others who are suffering.

Suffering develops humble dependence on God.

Suffering displays God’s strength.

Suffering prepares us for heaven and loosens our grasp on life.