Daily Encouragement 2-1-04 Suffering Peacefully

Discussion in 'Spirituality/Worship' started by advancewithcourage, Feb 1, 2004.

  1. advancewithcourage

    advancewithcourage New Member


    Even now my soul is suffering, but I am aware that is is the life of self that causes us pain; that which is dead does not suffer. If we were really dead (to self) and our life hid with Christ in God (Col 3:3), we should no longer struggle with those pains in spirit that now afflict us. So we must learn to bear all sufferings with composure, even those which come upon us through no fault of our own. But we must beware of the restlessness of spirit which might be our own fault. We can add to our God-given cross by agitated resistance and an unwillingness to suffer. This is for self. And when you accept your cross this way, even though it is painful, you will find that you can bear it in peace. But when you recieve your cross unwilling, you will find it to be doubly sever. The resistance within is harder to bear than the cross itself! But if you recognize the hand of God, and make no oppositon to His Will, you will have peace in the midst of affliction. Happy indeed are they who can bear their sufferings with this simple peace and perfect submission to the will of God! Nothing so shortens and soothes suffering as this spirit of non-resistance.
    But usually we want to drive a bargain with God. We would at least like to suggest some limits so that we can see an end to our sufferings. We don't realize how we are thwarting the purposes of God when we take this attitude. Because it is the stubborn clinging to live which makes that cross -- at least in part. So we have to go over the same ground again and again. We end up suffering greatly, but to very little purpose. May the Lord deliver us from falling into that state of soul in which crosses are of no benefit to us. God loves a cheerful giver according to St. Paul in Second Corinthians 9:7. Ah! What must be His love for those who, in cheerful and absolute abandonment, give themselves completely to be crucified with Christ!

    - Fenelon from "Let Go" written in the 17th century
  2. danny3861

    danny3861 New Member

    AMEN AMEN!!!