Last night, I was having a wonderful time fellowshipping with two of my girlfriends. One of them asked me why God allowed his children to suffer. That question stayed on my mind and this morning, I decided to search the scriptures. Let this be helpful to all who have asked the same question.
For the Glory that Awaits Us
For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
Wherefore I desire that ye faint not at my tribulations for you, which is your glory
1 Peter 2:19
For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully.
For Our Salvation and Consolation
(Note: consolation means comfort and relief)
2 Corinthians 1:5
For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.
2 Corinthians 1:6
And whether we be afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effectual in the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer: or whether we be comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation.
For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.
God hath Worketh Trials in Us to Mold Us and Shape Us
And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
And patience, experience; and experience, hope:
And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
Sufferings Shall Bring Forth Joy at the End
1 Peter 4:13
But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.