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Written by By Barry Fraser   
Thursday, 21 December 2017 00:00

Last week we considered that one of the most important things we must do when we suffer is to give thanks. For many believers who have endured unimaginable pain and tragedy, giving thanks in the midst of agony and affliction is certainly not easy to do.

Giving thanks helps us focus on God in our affliction, steers us away from complaining, strengthens our faith, and brings glory to Jesus.

Last week we considered that there are many things we can give thanks for when we suffer, but here are some more to remember:

7) That this affliction is momentary and light compared to the eternal reward it is producing.

“For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison.” (2nd Corinthians 4:17)

8) That Jesus is your sympathetic High Priest who intercedes for you constantly.

“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.” (Hebrews 4:15)

“Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.” (Hebrews 7:25)

9) That God is near you in your pain.

“The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.” (Psalm 34:18)

10) That Jesus is your refuge, strength, and strong tower you can run to.

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” (Psalm 46:1, ESV)

“The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe.” (Proverbs 18:10)

11) That God has saved you, washed away your sins, and adopted you as his own child.

“Blessed are those whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered.” (Romans 4:7)

12) That someday Jesus will wipe away every tear from your eyes and you will see his glorious face.

“He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” (Revelation 21:4)

We wish you a Blessed and Spirit-filled Holiday Season, and a Prosperous New Year.

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