1 Timothy 1:5
5 But the goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.
1 Peter 1:22
22 Since you have in obedience to the truth purified your souls for a sincere love of the brethren, fervently love one another from the heart,
30 Stripes that wound scour away evil,
And strokes reach the innermost parts.
It is always important to understand that in suffering God is not just beating us up, but rather is acting as a loving father who helping us become better people – and is with us in the middle of the pain.
10 For they disciplined us for a short time as seemed best to them, but He disciplines us for our good, so that we may share His holiness.
Scoffers are one tool in the hand of God toward this end
5 On the day of our king, the princes became sick with the heat of wine;
He stretched out his hand with scoffers,
In the midst of this process, we should remember that He will will not test us more than we are able, and that His grace is always sufficient while dealing with our own personal “thorn in the flesh” that comes at the hand of a scoffer in our lives.
2 Corinthians 12:7-10
7 Because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, for this reason, to keep me from exalting myself, there was given me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me—to keep me from exalting myself! 8 Concerning this I implored the Lord three times that it might leave me. 9 And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. 10 Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.
It is always important to remember that even while God is using the N for our good, God will judge the N appropriately. Also, in the midst of God using the situation for our good, there are still wise and practical ways of handling things. And it is always helpful to remember that
2 Corinthians 4:17-18
17 …..momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, 18 while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.
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