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From CCEF: Closeness Comes Through Fire: How Suffering Conforms Us to Christ

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This article is about how suffering can sanctify us, or draw us closer to God. The author begins by discussing how some people in Christianity believe that suffering is essential for spiritual growth. They cite examples from the Bible of people who went through suffering and came out stronger for it. However, the author points out that this view of suffering can be harmful if it is not understood correctly. Sanctification should be seen as an intimate process between God and the individual, not as a way for God to make us better people. The author explains that God's sovereignty does not mean that He orchestrated our suffering in order to teach us a lesson. Instead, it means that we can trust Him to make everything right in the end. He invite us to speak to Him and pour our hearts out, and He will listen. In this way, suffering can sanctify us by bringing us closer to God.
Here is a brief excerpt from this article:

Ignatius of Loyola (1491–1556) believed the cannonball that broke his leg was essential to his spiritual awakening. For Martin Luther, it was the threat of lightning. What unites them is that they are part of a common Christian tradition that teaches an uncomfortable lesson: suffering sanctifies.

The stories can be found throughout Scripture and in every church on almost any day. We might wish that faith grew especially during prosperity, but the voice of faith says, “Jesus, help!” And those words come most naturally when we are weak and unable to manage on our own. Growth can be judged, in part, by the number of words we speak to o...

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