#1 God hurts when you hurt. God weeps when you weep. Jesus was a man of sorrows. He intimately understands pain. God cares.
#2 God did not create suffering and evil. He created humanity. We humans create our own choices. The world we live in—with its suffering and evil—is a result of the collective choices of billions of people.
#3 God heals the hurting and repairs what’s broken—in His way and in His timetable, in this life or the next. God works righteousness and justice for all the oppressed. (Psalm 103:6) Jesus went about doing good and healing all… (Acts 10:38)
#4 We get to help in the healing process. You are the answer to someone’s prayer. You have the power to alleviate someone’s suffering somewhere in the world by your prayers, your resources, your actions.
#5 No suffering is permanent, unless we choose to reject God forever.
#6 It will be worth it. The good that’s waiting for us so totally outweighs our little troubles that there’s no comparison. Romans 8:18 The Easy Bible
Remember, you are designed to make a difference!
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