Overcoming Suffering

One of the worst feelings in the world has to be listening to someone tell you about their suffering and not being able to reach their heart to help them. You can hear the pain in  their voice, see it in their eyes, their tears, and see it through their body language, the way they carry themselves. They claim to believe in God, but they haven’t completely given their life over to Jesus yet.

How do you give them hope when Satan is in their ear speaking louder than you? How do you tell them they are loved when all they hear is his lies? How do you promise everything is going to be okay when you don’t know what is going to happen next? How do you empathize with them when you haven’t been through it yourself?

I don’t understand, but I want to. I want to take their pain away. I want to make it all better for them. I can’t fix the problem, but can pray for them that they may let Jesus in their heart and heal them.

A lot of times when people go through suffering, their immediate response is “why me God? What did I do to deserve this?” They think God is out to get them and they don’t understand why. When you listen to someone tell you about their suffering, you want to give them an answer. You want to help them as much as you can, but the truth is that we have no other answer for them besides Jesus.

He has the answers. Oftentimes, we cross paths with people who are drowning in satan’s lies and their only way out is through faith in Jesus Christ. We find our hope and rest in Him. He saves us and heals us. Jesus went through the greatest degree of suffering and died a death that he never deserved, but he did it for us because he loves us so much.

He is the reason that we get to live freely every single day. When we go through trials and suffering and we think there is no way out, think about what Jesus did for you. Think about the amount of suffering He went through for you. I am not belittling your suffering or your friend’s suffering because I know that it is real, but I am offering to you the answer that will give you rest in the trials you are facing. Jesus is our salvation.

2 Corinthians 1:3-4

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. 

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