The Bible speaks of suffering afflictions. Do you think this has any purpose, or is it just pointless pain? Consider the best people you know. Not the wealthiest or most prominent, but the most Christlike. Do they come from backgrounds of privilege and entitlement, comfort and ease? Hasn’t their character been formed in the crucible of the difficulties of life? How else will you obtain a broken spirit and a contrite heart? You may find these things painful for yourself, but don’t you find them to be attractive in others? Think of your wounds as badges of honor and rank. I do.
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