In this life pain and suffering will not pass over anyone’s door-frame. They’s no way to insulate ourselves against disappointments, unkind words, and the agony of a broken heart. As long as we are a resident of this earth we will endure hardships.
It’s how we walk through these calamities that matter. How we persevere…because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. James 1:3-4. When we fail to guard our hearts, when we allow anger to rule, and when we let bitterness to take root…our hearts become frozen. When the ground is frozen it is unable to consume the melted snow, and the snow lies trapped upon the surface. A frozen heart is unable to absorb tenderness, affection, and love. It’s unable to allow Christ’s grace to pour in and illuminate God’s glory. Rather it turns into a cold hard stone.
We don’t want to allow our hearts to become frozen. We will never understand all the reasons for suffering this side of heaven, however, suffering draw us closer to God, enables us to have compassion for others, produces maturity, refines, and conforms us into the image of God.
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows. 2 Corinthians 1:3-5.
See, I have refined you, though not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction. Isaiah 48:10.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28.