Many people regard suffering as something bad; it’s something to be avoided. Certainly, suffering is not pleasurable, but it may not be at all bad.
Suffering may be caused by things we do. It is possible to suffer through our own fault. If one subjects oneself to the bondage of addicting substances, then one may suffer health problems caused by those substances. If one does that which is wrong in the sight of God, then one will suffer the consequences of that disobedience (Romans 6:16, 17).
But, it is possible to do nothing wrong and suffer. Job, the man who pleased God with his continual obedience, proved this to be true. Job’s three “friends,” Eliphaz, Bildad and Zophar told Job he must have sinned since he is suffering. But, often, people suffer without having done anything wrong.
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