September 23, 2008

Remembering God's Purposes for Suffering

John Piper wrote today on the Desiring God blog about five purposes God has in the suffering of Christians. You can read it here: Preparing for Sudden Suffering.

The five purposes he listed were like these:
1) a call to repentance (Luke 13:5)
2) a call to trust God (2 Corinthians 1:9)
3) as Fatherly discipline in order to share in His holiness (Hebrews 12:6,10-11)
4) to work for us a greater reward in heaven (2 Corinthians 4:17; Matthew 5:11-12)
5) to remind us of why Jesus came to suffer (Philippians 3:10; Mark 10:45)

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