NOTHING HURTS THOSE WHO DON’T HURT THEMSELVES. — John Chrysostom (c. 347 – 407 AD)
After much puzzling I’ve decided Chrysostom is right. (Note: He himself suffered greatly.). As humans we all will suffer. But there’s a DIFFERENCE between SUFFERING and HURTFUL SUFFERING Hurtful suffering results from rejecting God’s commands (leading to anger, bitterness, worry, anxiety).
An example: ABRAHAM faced a seemingly incomprehensible command to sacrifice Isaac. He surely suffered for a time, but he chose to obey God and thus avoided lasting hurt.
Coffee/tea thought: Abraham not only did not suffer lasting hurt, but he experienced God’s personal provision first hand, and gained a reputation for faith, from both God and people. May we also make choices that keep us close to the heart of God who loves us, whatever we are facing.
“By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. He who had embraced the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son, even though God had said to him, ‘It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.’ Abraham reasoned that God could even raise the dead, and so in a manner of speaking he did receive Isaac back from death.” (Heb. 11.17-19 NIV)
“Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. So Abraham called that place The Lord Will Provide. And to this day it is said, ‘On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.'” (Gen. 22.14 NIV)
January 13th, 2020
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