Suffering: a universal language

Every one hurts, every one goes through pain, every one goes through trials and tribulations: “Suffering is the common thread in all our garments” (Hope Again by Charles Swindoll). No matter how much pain and suffering we endure, hope is like an anchor: it can heal, keep you grounded, and keep you secure. “Our hope in Christ stabilizes us in the storms of life, but it does not hold us back.” Christ will keep you, but He will not stop us from progressing. He has a plan for our lives, but we must continue to allow Him to be the Captain and anchor of  our life.

We go through situations for several reasons. 1Peter 1:6,7 says:


The scripture shows we have a developing faith. The words “even though” indicate that the joy is unconditional. Yes, joy can be experienced in the midst of trials. To the college student without food, you may receive joy from getting an “A” on a big exam, or finally receiving your refund check; To someone that just became unemployed, joy may come from knowing you will receive unemployment benefits and that you still have strength. Joy is not depended on the circumstances surrounding us. Joy comes in spite of our suffering.

1Peter 1:6,7 reveal three important facts about trials:

1) Trials are necessary, it proves the genuineness of our faith while teaching us humility. Trials display our own helplessness. They put us on our faces before God. I believe because of my trials and helplessness, I realized there wasn’t anything I could do to help the situation. I had completed all the steps I knew to do, so now, it was up to God. That is a tough pill to take. We are finite creatures, if we can’t see a way, we become worried. But trusting and hoping in God is the key! It doesn’t mean we’ll immediately see results, but we know they are coming.

2) Trials are distressing, teaching us compassion so that we never make light of another person’s trial. As human’s we lack the care for other people’s test and pains. But, as we endure our own, we begin to understand another’s person feelings. We become relatable .

3) Trials come in various forms. Nevertheless, God offers special grace to match every shade of sorrow.


1) Read the book Hope Again: When Life Hurts and Dreams Fade by CharlesSwindoll

2) Express your sympathy and weep with someone else during their time of sorrow and pain

3) Embrace someone

4) Come outside yourself and feel what that hurting person is feeling

5) Most importantly, Pray for them

Listen to this beautiful song by Kirk Franklin


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