Reflections From The Bible And Life

Real Suffering Is Suffering For Others

Deuteronomy 30:15-20; Psalm 1:1-6; Luke 9:22-25

If you read a book about any saint, you’ll be inspired about the different ways that they served God. They had different ways, but they all had something in common: They were all selfless, and they did not care if they suffered, as long as they were able to show God’s love to others. Their desire was in serving God, and not themselves.

Most of us also suffer, but our suffering differs from theirs in such as way that ours are self-inflicted. We suffer most when we are denied what we want. We want to be understood  and feel frustrated when we are not. We crave for things that we don’t have and worry for the things that we do have. All these are unnecessary.

We must look beyond our own needs and start recognizing other people’s needs. If we claim that we love God, then we should be selfless just like Jesus and the saints were. They suffered in a true sense, the kind of suffering that one does when they sacrifice for others for their benefit. This kind of suffering is painfully sweet that it does us good and leads us to God’s graces.

Perhaps we should pray to God to teach us how to suffer the way He does.

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