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Guided Analysis: Suffering Worksheet
Address the following questions, responding to each one directly below the question. Your total word count (including all questions and your answers) should be between 750-1,000 words. Include a reference page. 1. Describe a time when you experienced a significant period of suffering. How did you deal with that experience? How did you find comfort in the midst of suffering?
A time when I experienced suffering was when I was faced to deal with the deaths of both my mother and father in law in 2014-2015. Loosing someone close is never easy. My father in law was terribly ill. He was weighing 250 and ended up weighing barely 120 before death. He had 2 cancers in the body, the throat and bone.
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5:3-5; James. 1:2-4).
Suffering is often a direct result of sin, and therefore teaches obedience (Heb. 5:7-8; Ps. 107:17; 119:67, 71).
Suffering sometimes is a tool of God's discipline (Heb. 12:7-11).
Suffering draws individuals to God, compelling them to repent of their sins (Ps. 25:16-18).
Suffering keeps you humble and dependent on Christ (2 Cor. 12:7-10).
Suffering compels you to look up and long for your heavenly redemption (Ps. 121; Rom. 8:18; 2 Cor. 4:17).
Suffering joins people closer to Christ and his sufferings, especially in persecution (1 Pet. 4:1-2, 12-16, 19; 5:8-10; Luke 9:23; Phil. 3:10). Even in the midst of suffering, God is aiming for your ultimate good (Jer. 29:11-13; Rom. 8:28; Gen. 50:20).
Especially in the midst of suffering, God wants you to experience his amazing love (Ps. 90:14-15; Lam. 3:19-23

4. Imagine that a close friend has just suffered through a great personal loss (death of a loved one, natural disaster, disease, job loss, divorce, or a broken relationship) and your friend asks you why God would let such a terrible thing happen. How would you respond to your friend?
To a friend who suffers from a loss of job, I would tell her that God makes no mistakes. Sometimes we experience a loss and technically it is a gain not understood at the moment. But God always has a way of taking care of his children that he has created. So do not look at the loss of the job but look to God because he wants you to talk
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