Came across this tweet yesterday from a soon-to-be-released book by author K.J. Ramsey:
I wonder how much less anguish we would experience in suffering if the church treated suffering like a story to tell rather than a secret to keep until it passes.
Then this morning our pastor, while focusing on Jesus’ coming to experience human life, categorized suffering into three types:
- Suffering we can avoid
- Suffering we cannot avoid
- Suffering we must not avoid
Both of these thoughts need sharing and dialoguing.
There is power is sharing how our choices led us to suffering we could have avoided. Our focus can be directed to the truth of scripture and the forgiving, unconditional love Jesus came to bring.
There is healing in accepting how circumstances out of our control don’t go unnoticed by God. Our focus can be directed to his sovereignty and the relatability Jesus has to offer.
There is strength in embracing how running from something we don’t want may keep us from what we need. Our focus can be directed on God’s promises and the model of endurance and commitment Jesus completed through his resurrection.