How to Handle Suffering
Peter is very, very realistic about the troubles of life. Yet he gives us a secret here. He says it’s possible not just to survive suffering but to use suffering–not just to get through it, but to actually use it.
There are two things this passage tells us. First, what troubles, griefs, and losses really are–what their nature is. Secondly, how you should respond to them. As I think I’m going to show you, understanding their nature is 50 to 70 percent of responding. To understand what trials are, you’re already halfway home to responding to them in such a way that’s profitable and beneficial to you.
This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on May 8, 1994. Series “Splendor in the Furnace; 1 Peter, Part 2”. Scripture: 1 Peter 4:12-19.
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