A Fellowship of Suffering

Posted November 16, 2017 by SandreS
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There is something about suffering that longs for someone to sit with us through the pain. It’s the fellowship of suffering. It’s the words “you are not alone” put into action. … More than a card or a casserole, the familiar, patient presence of another says to us “it’s too much for you to bear, but I will be with you, I will sit with you.”

Marilyn Gardner
Toward a Fellowship of Suffering
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The Mind of Heaven

Posted November 12, 2017 by SandreS
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If ye, then, be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth at the right hand of God. Mind the things above, not the things on the earth; for ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God (Colossians 3:1-3).

The system of things on the earth is the subject of the long-suffering and forbearance of God. How needful for us thus to be heavenly-minded, and to bear with it as God does; not avenging ourselves, and showing the same grace towards it that He shows. Here, truly, is the wonderful glory of the mind of heaven – the power to endure.

Put on, therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercy, humbleness of mind, forbearance and longsuffering (Colossians 3:12).

This is the mind of heaven.

Thomas Newberry (1811-1901)
Bible Subjects for the Household of Faith, Volume 1 (1863)
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Our Disappointments Are His Appointments

Posted March 16, 2017 by SandreS
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He delights to show His mercy (Micah 7:18).

Seeing God’s sovereign hand in all things turns our regrets into an amazing appreciation!

Our remorse will esteem His almighty plan. Every heartache will be seen as a part of the divine tapestry, meticulously embroidered for the purpose of making known – to every single individual – His unconditional love and mercy.

Disappointments this side of resurrection create the backdrop that is critically important. Otherwise, we would never be able to see clearly the benevolent and generous intent for all of His creation.

Mike Owens
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A God Worthy of the Name

Posted February 4, 2017 by SandreS
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What a relief to point to a God worthy of the name! A God Who has a purpose in pain and a design in death. A God Who will use every groan for His glory and His creature’s gain, and will turn every torment into ecstasy and the exaltation of His great name.

God’s glad message does not consist in heralding a horrid hell. It concerns His Son, and the universal reconciliation is but the gospel ultimate, for it, too, concerns His Son and His eventual triumph. It is the popular orthodox “gospel” which is driving men into various by-paths.

KnochA.E. Knoch (1874-1965)
Unsearchable Riches, Vol. 9, page 98
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The God of the Brokenhearted

Posted December 8, 2016 by SandreS
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The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart … (Psalm 34:18).

The God of the Bible is the God of the brokenhearted. The world cares little for broken hearts. Indeed, people oftentimes break hearts by their cruelty, their falseness, their injustice, their coldness – and then move on as heedlessly as if they had trodden only on a worm! But God cares.

Physicians in their rounds do not stop at the homes of the well, but of the sick. So it is with God in His movements through this world. It is not to the whole and the well, but to the wounded and stricken that He comes with sweetest tenderness! Jesus said of His mission:

He has sent Me to bind up the brokenhearted (Isaiah 61:1).

We look upon trouble as misfortune. We say that the life is being destroyed which is passing through adversity. But the truth which we find in the Bible does not so represent suffering. God is a Repairer and Restorer of the hurt and ruined life. He takes the bruised reed, and by His gentle skill makes it whole again until it grows into fairest beauty. The love and grace of God minister sweet blessing of comfort and healing to restore the broken and wounded hearts.

God is the God of those who fail. There is a special divine promise which says,

My strength is made perfect in weakness (II Corinthians 12:9).

When we are conscious of our own insufficiency, then we are ready to receive of the Divine sufficiency. Thus our very weakness is an element of strength. Our weakness is an empty cup which God fills with His own strength.

You may think that your weakness unfits you for noble, strong, beautiful living, or for sweet, gentle, helpful serving. You wish you could get clear of it. It seems to burden you – an ugly spiritual deformity. But really it is something which He will transform into a blessing, a source of His power.

He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds (Psalm 147:3).

JR Miller - YoungerJ.R. Miller (1840-1912)
The Beatitude for the Unsuccessful (1892)
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Abounding Evil

Posted November 2, 2016 by SandreS
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The New Testament is full of predictions of increasing and abounding evil; and side by side with these there are “exceeding great and precious promises” (II Peter 1:4) for the poor and afflicted, the suffering and the sorrowful, the hated and persecuted; and this during the continuance of the present dispensation. There is no period between the present time and the coming of Christ in glory, in which the saints are viewed or contemplated as being free from conflict; no time when they shall cease to “mourn”… or be free from “sorrow” and tribulation.

Yet there is to come a blessed time when there shall be no more curse (Revelation 22:3); but that is essentially a Divine work requiring all of the might of omnipotence. Not to any body of men, however holy or educated; not to any “church,” however orthodox, is committed the miraculous work of eradicating evil and sin from creation. No!

EWBE.W. Bullinger (1837-1913)
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The Value of Trials

Posted October 28, 2016 by SandreS
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It is well to remember that the deepest and truest spiritual qualities are not learnt or established in us by our happy or enjoyable times, but in the difficult ones! There is nothing wrong in times of great joy and spiritual blessing; in fact we long for more of them, and look back perhaps to some days of much blessing in our lives or in the work of the Lord; but in the securing of Christ in greater measure in our lives, we find that it is by the things which we suffer that we learn most. So let us give thanks for the joyful days, and learn all that the Lord intends by the days of waiting and difficulty.

Why are the people of God suffering? That they may be conformed to the image of His Son. Of course, we may not need a world upheaval to do this, but God is going to use all conditions to that end …

T Austin SparksT. Austin‑Sparks (1888-1971)
Cited by Miles J. Stanford in None But the Hungry Heart


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