Faithful Struggle – Suffering In and Through Christ Jesus

Here is what one Elder within the Body of Christ has said about how we, as disciples of Christ Jesus, view and relate to suffering:

“When we decide to follow Christ, every day of our life becomes a day of suffering, of weeping, of pain. Sometimes this question arises in us: ‘Lord, why hast Thou created us thus, that we must go through so much suffering?’ We do not manage to understand that this negative experience is the way of salvation.

No one on this earth can avoid affliction; and although the afflictions which the Lord sends are not great, men imagine them beyond their strength and are crushed by them. This is because they will not humble their souls and commit themselves to the will of God. But the Lord Himself guides with His grace those who are given over to God’s will, and they bear all things with fortitude for the sake of God Whom they have so loved and with Whom they are glorified forever. It is impossible to escape tribulation in this world but the man who is giver over to the will of God bears tribulation easily, seeing it but putting his trust in the Lord, and so his tribulations pass.

One cannot love without suffering. The greatest pain is that of loving to the utmost. Christ loved so much that He gave Himself up to a terrible death. The saints too. Paradise always costs this price. Prayer for the world is the fruit of extremely deep and acute suffering.” Archimandrite Sophrony of Essex

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One thought on “Faithful Struggle – Suffering In and Through Christ Jesus

  1. Thank you for asking whether I’m OK. I’ve been struggling with chronic health problems for many years, and the last few months have been rougher than usual – hence the break from blogging.

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