How should the righteous respond to personal suffering?

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It depends a bit upon the type of personal suffering, but generally, in the context of Christianity, the righteous should accept that it is from God, serves His purpose, and is nothing compared to the glory awaiting them. They should endure it, perhaps rejoice in it, and hold fast to...

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It depends a bit upon the type of personal suffering, but generally, in the context of Christianity, the righteous should accept that it is from God, serves His purpose, and is nothing compared to the glory awaiting them. They should endure it, perhaps rejoice in it, and hold fast to their faith.

Psalm 23, one of the most famous verses in the Bible, assures believers that God will be with them and comfort them, even as they "walk through the valley of the shadow of death." Isaiah 43:2 promises metaphoric safety:

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.

In the new testament, Peter informs disciples that if they are persecuted in the name of Jesus, they should be happy. "But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. 'Do not fear their threats; do not be frightened,'" he writes in 1 Peter 3:14.

In Romans 5:3, the apostle Paul proclaims that the righteous "rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope . . . "

Personal suffering can also be seen as a test from God. Timothy 3:12 states, " . . . everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted." Christ himself warned his disciples that they will be hated, and will suffer much in His name. This is exemplified in the Bible in the book of Job, but it does not take such extreme suffering to test one's faith.

Within the Christian understanding of righteousness, righteous people accept that personal suffering is a part of life, retain their trust in God, and believe His promise that He will never give them more burden than they can handle.

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