25 Reasons Why Christians Suffer *

  1. To produce the fruit of patience
    • Romans 5:3
    • James 1:3-4
    • Hebrews 10:36
  2. To produce the fruit of joy
    • Psalms 30:5
    • Psalms 126:5-6
  3. To produce the fruit of maturity
    • Ecclesiastes 7:3
    • 1 Peter 5:10
  4. To produce the fruit of righteousness
    • Hebrews 12:11
  5. To silence the devil
    • Job 1:9, 10, 20-22
  6. To teach us
    • Psalms 119:67, 71
  7. To purify our lives
    • Job 23:10
    • Psalms 66:10-12
    • Isaiah 1:25
    • Isaiah 48:10
    • 17:3
    • 1 Peter 1:7
  8. To make us like Christ
    • Hebrews 12:9, 10
    • 1 Peter 4:12-13
    • Philemon 3:10
    • 2 Corinthians 4:7-10
  9. To glorify God
    • Psalms 50:15
    • John 9:1-3
    • John 11:1-4
    • John 21:18-19
    • Philemon 1:19-20
  10. To prevent us from sinning
    • 2 Corinthians 12:7, 9-10
  11. To make us confess when we do sin
    • Judges 10:6-7, 15-16
    • Psalms 32:3-5
    • Hosea 5:15
    • Hosea 6:1
    • 2 Chron. 15:3-4
  12. To chasten us for our sin
    • 1 Peter 4:17
  13. To prove our sonship
    • Hebrews 12:5-6
  14. To reveal ourselves to ourselves
    • Job 42:6
    • Luke 15:18
  15. To help our prayer life
    • Isaiah 26:16
  16. To become an example to others
    • 2 Corinthians 6:4-5
    • 1 Thessalonians 1:6-7
  17. To qualify us as counselors
    • Romans 12:15
    • Galatians 6:2
    • 2 Corinthians 1:3-5
  18. To further the gospel witness
    • Acts 8:1-5
    • Acts 16:25-34
    • Philemon 1:12-13
    • 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-17
  19. To make us more than conquerors
    • 2 Corinthians 2:14
    • Romans 8:35, 37
  20. To give us insight into God’s nature
    • Job 42:5
    • Romans 8:14-15, 18
  21. To drive us closer to God
    • 1 Peter 4:14
    • 2 Corinthians 12:10
  22. To prepare us for a greater ministry
    • 1 Kings 17-18
    • John 12:24
  23. To provide for us a reward
    • Matthew 5:10-12
    • Matthew 19:27-29
    • Romans 8:16-17
    • 2 Corinthians 4:17
  24. To prepare for us the kingdom
    • 2 Thess. 1:5
    • 2 Timothy 2:12
  25. To show God’s sovereignty
    • Romans 8:28
    • I Corinthians 10:13
    • Psalms 66:10-12
    • Genesis 45:5-8
    • Genesis 50-20

*Adapted from “The Complete Book of Bible Lists,” by H.L. Willmington.

Maybe after reading through some of these, you wonder how in the world should a Christian respond. Depending on your test, it isn’t going to be easy. That’s the point of tests. But in my next post, I addressed 13 Proper Reactions To Suffering, that might help shed a little light on what you can do next.

Until later . . . Jonathan Watson

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