Christians have established teachings on many topics including God, salvation, church, and the end times. But we also need a doctrine on the subject of suffering, because if our belief system is unsettled pain can potentially derail our Christian life.
Here is a simple set of beliefs based on Psalm 34:19, "Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all."
I. CHRISTIANS SUFFER
II. CHRISTIANS OFTEN SUFFER
III. JESUS DELIVERS
IV. JESUS ALWAYS DELIVERS.
These four simple statements provide comfort and reassurance. I encourage you to adopt, memorize, and use these truths the next time your experience heartache.
What is your theology of suffering? Please share it with me.