Suffering is Holy Ground

…we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. ~ Romans 5:3-5

SufferingIsGrace

Who can measure the love Christ felt for a lost world, as he hung upon the cross, suffering for the sins of guilty men? This love was immeasurable. It was infinite. ~ Ellen G. White

Suffering, failure, loneliness, sorrow, discouragement, and death will be part of your journey, but the Kingdom of God will conquer all these horrors. No evil can resist grace forever. ~ Brennan Manning

It’s a rare and precious thing to be close to suffering because our society – in many ways – tells us that suffering is wrong. If it’s our own suffering, we try to hide it or isolate ourselves. If others are suffering, we’re taught to put them away somewhere so we don’t have to see it. ~ Sharon Salzberg

We cannot live, suffer or die for somebody else, for suffering is too precious to be shared. ~ Edward Dahlberg

The truth that many people never understand, until it is too late, is that the more you try to avoid suffering the more you suffer because smaller and more insignificant things begin to torture you in proportion to your fear of being hurt. ~ Thomas Merton

The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of those depths. ~ Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

“If you really want to love Jesus, first learn to suffer, because suffering teaches you to love.” ~ St. Gemma Galgani

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2 responses to “Suffering is Holy Ground

  1. Pingback: Spirit | Prayers and Promises

  2. susie snider

    Thanks Cindee, DWS needed to read this.

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