Sunday, November 11, 2012

Suffering well...



Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love,
in honor giving preference to one another;
not lagging in diligence,
fervent in spirit,
serving the Lord;
rejoicing in hope,
patient in tribulation,
continuing steadfastly in prayer;
distributing to the needs of the saints,
given to hospitality.
Bless those who persecute you;
bless and do not curse.
Rejoice with those who rejoice,
and weep with those who weep.

~Romans 12:10-15

The latest issue of Highlands Ministries' magazine Every Thought Captive is titled, "Man of Constant Sorrow." Therein is found amongst the various articles this quote on suffering well by Dr. R.C. Sproul Jr.:
...you learn to suffer well by watching others suffer well. When we weep with those who weep, mourn with those who mourn, we are not merely offering comfort to others, but are receiving instruction from them as well. We can't do this, however, unless we enter in.

If illness makes us uncomfortable, if we refuse to visit His own who are poor or in prison, if we insist on spending our time exclusively in the village of the happy, pleasant people, we will learn precious little... Go where the suffering is and enter in.
Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep... To obey is to do both.

~Lisa

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6 comments:

  1. Hi Lisa! This is so beautiful. I wrote a post here: http://ryandcar.blogspot.com/2012/11/a-speculation-on-suffering.html
    about suffering and thought you might like it. It's a joy to my heart to see that we can suffer with people through Christ's love and deep empathy. "Go where the suffering is and enter into it". A perfect quote-I just love this post

    -Carly @ ryandcar.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks for visiting, Carly. :) Just read your post and left you these words:

      "So well said. Praying for your dh and trusting the Lord to work this to your good and His glory, something He is most obviously already doing. I have to confess that I, too, shrink back from "asking" -- to recoil is so much more like it. Even "entering in" where there is suffering is hard, and yet, it is what we are called to do. The Lord certainly knew what He was doing in giving your dh yourself as a helpmeet. His ways are a mystery, and yet they are full of grace and mercy. Soli Deo Gloria!"

      I will surely keep your beloved in my prayers. :) ~Lisa

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  2. Beautiful post. As one who has suffered, I appreciate this post! The one thing I have gained through my "sufferings" is that I am not afraid to enter into it with others, helping to make my sufferings not in vain.
    ~Be Blessed

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    1. To use what we've walked through, to learn from it in order to help others, what a right perspective. Thank you for sharing, Lesley. Blessings to you as well, ~Lisa :)

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  3. These are poignant and beautiful words.I am keeping this as a quote. Blessings to you, Lisa~

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    1. So glad you found this quote an meaningful as I did, Jacqueline. A blessed Thanksgiving to you, ~Lisa

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