Why Do We Have to Suffer?

Jesus said "Blessed are the poor in spirit." Matthew 5:3

How can this be? How can I be blessed if I am suffering? What good does suffering do? . Philip Yancey says:

    "Blessed are the poor in spirit." Why? Because "theirs is the kingdom of heaven" (Matthew 5:3)
    The poor, the hungry, the mourners, and those who suffer are blessed (Matt. 5:3-6) because their lack of self-sufficiency is obvious to them every day. They must turn somewhere for strength. People who are rich, successful, and beautiful may go through life relying on their natural gifts. But people who are needy, dependent, and dissatisfied with life are more likely to welcome God’s free gift of love.

    1. Suffering helps us realize our urgent need for redemption.

    2. Suffering helps us experience our dependence on God and our interdependence with one another.

    3. Suffering helps us distinguish between necessities and luxuries.

    4. Suffering helps us respond to the call of the gospel because we may have become so desperate that we cry out to God.

Let's take a look at the Amplified Version Translation:
Matthew 5:3 Blessed (happy, to be envied, and spiritually prosperous--with life-joy and satisfaction in God's favor and salvation, regardless of their outward conditions) are the poor in spirit (the humble, who rate themselves insignificant), for theirs is the kingdom of heaven!

Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him. Job 13:15

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Christians in Recovery Devotional Journal
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