The Question of Suffering

Romans 5: 1 – 5

“Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.”

Over the course of church history there have been very different ideas about the place of suffering in the life of those who follow in the way of Jesus. One extreme compels people to choose a life of suffering and the other promises affluence and comfort. Most of us live somewhere betwixt these two.

When you have access to privilege and resources, it is a largely academic exercise to argue how suffering fits into the path of discipleship.