Monday, April 08, 2013

Thank God for trials and suffering?

“Believers are to be thankful during times of trial and suffering as we endure them patiently, not because we have lost all feelings of moral sensitivity or because we can no longer distinguish between good and evil. Rather, we humbly and gratefully submit to his sovereignty, knowing that he works in everything for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose (Rom. 8:28). This is not to claim that God is the author of evil or that we are praising him for what he abominates. But we recognize that he uses even the suffering which comes upon us to produce character, perseverance, and hope (Rom. 5:3-5).”

Peter T. O’Brien, The Letter to the Ephesians, (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1999), 398.

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