An Unequal Equation (Indiana and Hardin County)

Romans 8:18 (KJV)

For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

Suffering is an equalizer because everyone suffers at some point in their life.

Job 14:1 NKJV – Man who is born of woman Is of few days and full of trouble.

2 Corinthians 4:8-9 NKJV8 We are hard pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed–

  1. Evaluating the Equation
  2. Suffering is a part of everyone’s equation

What is Suffering?

  1. Suffering is something physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual that a person must bear or endure.
  2. Paul defines suffering as a misfortune, calamity, evil, affliction.
  3. Suffering includes pain, death, punishment, hardship, disaster, grief, sorrow, care, loneliness, injury, loss, shame, disgrace, bodily injury or discomfort, and disease.

Types of suffering

  1. Underserved/Innocent Suffering
  2. Deserved Suffering

The Sources of Suffering

  1. The disorder in creation
  2. Sin   
  3. Choices
  4. Human Cruelty
  5. Family
  1. While we are suffering, we must realize there is more.
  2. Worthy
  3. To determine worth it requires a comparison.
  4. Our suffering and future glory must be placed on a scale.
  1. The reason the equation of suffering and future glory is so difficult because there is a veil between the present suffering and the future glory.

Ways to view the equation

Present Suffering = Future Glory

Present Suffering ? Future Glory

Present Suffering ? Future Glory

  • Present suffering cannot compare to future glory.
  • The glory that God will reveal in us far outweighs present suffering.

2 Corinthians 4:7 NKJV – But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.

  • Present suffering is lessened by the work of the Holy Spirit.

Romans 8:26 KJV – Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

  • Present suffering is a part of the plan because all things work together.

Romans 8:28 NKJV – And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

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