Eyes That See

“I Once Was Blind”

Why the Struggles and Suffering Remain

What do Christian struggles and suffering have to do with what Jesus called the greatest commandment, and the one that He said was like it?

I think that Christian struggles, including but not limited to the struggle with indwelling sin that continues after conversion, and Christian suffering are realities so that God is our greatest need, and so that the greatest commandment perfectly matches our greatest need.  Our struggles and our suffering should lead us to draw nearer to God.  And drawing nearer to God is where we will find our most joy.  And drawing near to God, by loving Him with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength, according to Jesus, is the greatest commandment.

Also, Christian struggles and suffering should also lead us to obey the commandment Jesus said was like the first.  Because we struggle and suffer, we need God.  And because we struggle and suffer, we need our neighbor.  Therefore, our struggles and suffering enhance our need for God and our neighbors.  There is no moment when we will not need God and our neighbor.

Crazy how God works like that, all matchin’ our needs and His commandments so harmoniously!

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October 18, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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