Suffering teaches us to hold on less and less to the things of this world, and to lay hold of Christ instead.

Peter encourages his readers that suffering is never meaningless for the Christian. Indeed, because suffering is used by God to test and refine His people, Christians should not be surprised when suffering occurs in the path of obedience to Jesus. Instead, Christians should rejoice in their suffering, being assured of God's presence and that His will is being worked out in their lives for His glory and their good. Knowing this, the Christian should entrust his or her entire life to God, the faithful Creator who Himself suffered that we might be reconciled to Him.

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Chris Wessel

Chris is a member of Cornerstone and serves the church as a non-vocational elder.

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