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Reasons for Suffering

Our finite minds cannot understand why
Some people suffer before they die.
God may be using what you are going through
To enable others to come to know Him too.

In the case of ongoing illness,
We have a greater witness.
When others see the way we cope,
They will want to know the source of our hope.

When we have suffered, we are more aware
Of others whose pain we can share.
We can encourage them in their time of trial,
That God will be with them all the while.

Often in times of trial our faith becomes stronger,
Even when we feel we can bear it no longer.
Remember God is in control and will take care of you.
He will give you strength until your journey is through.

1 Peter 5:10 (NASB)
After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace,
who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself
perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you.

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