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    • ”SUFFERING” How do you handle life when it dishes out the difficult stuff that you’d rather not experience? How do you handle doing what God has said to do when you feel inadequate and afraid? TRAGEDY. DISHONESTY. OBEDIENCE. HURT. PAIN. DIVORCE. DEATH. SUFFERING. FEAR.
    • Ecclesiastes 3:17 - God will bring to judgment both the righteous and the wicked, for there will be a time for every activity, a time for every deed.
    • Everything is meaningless, a chasing after the wind . . .
    • CRIMINALS
GO
 UNPUNISHED. Ecclesiastes 3:16 - Throughout the earth justice is giving way to crime, and even the courts are corrupt.
    • THE
OPPRESSED
 ARE
UNHELPED. Ecclesiastes 4:1 - I saw all the injustice that goes on in this world. The oppressed were crying . . . And no one would help them.
    • POLITICIANS
ARE
 UNETHICAL. Ecclesiastes 5:8 - If you see mis- carriage of justice throughout the land, don’t be surprised! For every official is under orders from higher up . . . so the matter is lost in red tape and bureaucracy.
    • JUSTICE
IS
TURNED
 UPSIDE
DOWN. Ecclesiastes 8:14 - Something else is meaningless . . . righteous men who get what the wicked deserve, and wicked men who get what the righteous deserve.
    • W H Y
 D O E S N ’ T
 G O D
 D O
 SOMETHING?
    • BECAUSE
HE
GIVES
US
 THE
FREEDOM
TO
CHOOSE.
    • THE
FREEDOM
TO
CHOOSE. BECAUSE
HE
GIVES
US
 Ephesians 5:18 - Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery.
    • THE
FREEDOM
TO
CHOOSE. BECAUSE
HE
GIVES
US
 Ephesians 5:15 + 16 - Be very careful, then, how you live – not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.
    • THE
FREEDOM
TO
CHOOSE. BECAUSE
HE
GIVES
US
 Ephesians 5:3 - But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality.
    • THE
FREEDOM
TO
CHOOSE. BECAUSE
HE
GIVES
US
 I Thessalonians 5:18 - Give thanks in every circumstance, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
    • THE
FREEDOM
TO
CHOOSE. BECAUSE
HE
GIVES
US
 Romans 12:17 - Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody.
    • GUILT
    • FUTILITY
    • DEATH
    • WILL
SETTLE
ACCOUNTS
 BECAUSE
ONE
DAY
GOD
 WITH
EVERY
PERSON. Hebrews 9:27 - And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once, and after this comes the judgment
    • BECAUSE
ONE
DAY
GOD
 WILL
SETTLE
ACCOUNTS
 WITH
EVERY
PERSON. not judged! John 3:17 - He who believes in me, is
    • BECAUSE
IT
SHOWS
 VIOR. WE
NEED
A
SA Ecclesiastes 3:18 - God is letting the world go on its sinful way so he can test mankind, and men will see that they are no better than beasts.
    • ? CONNECT
THE
DOTS. Mother Jack the Adolf Billy Teresa Ripper Hitler Graham PERFECTION
    • BECAUSE
IT
SHOWS
 VIOR. WE
NEED
A
SA James 2:10 - For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point, is guilty of breaking all of it.
    • BECAUSE
IT
SHOWS
 VIOR. WE
NEED
A
SA Romans 3:7 - There is no one righteous, not even one.
    • BECAUSE
IT
SHOWS
 VIOR. WE
NEED
A
SA Romans 3:23 - For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
    • BECAUSE
IT
SHOWS
 VIOR. WE
NEED
A
SA II Corinthians 5:21 - God made Christ who knew no sin, to become sin for us, so that in him, we might become the righteousness of God.
    • BECAUSE
HE’S
TRYING
TO
 BUILD
OUR
CHARACTER. Romans 5:4 - And suffering produces character.
    • H O W
 D O
 W E
 R E S P O N D
 BIBLICALLY?
    • GRACEFULLY. ACCEPT
IT
 I Peter 4:12 + 13 - Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.
    • RESPOND
LOVINGLY
TO
 THOSE
WHO
HURT
US.
    • RESPOND
LOVINGLY
TO
 THOSE
WHO
HURT
US. Matthew 5:43 - Love your enemies and pray for those who hurt you.
    • RESPOND
LOVINGLY
TO
 THOSE
WHO
HURT
US. Romans 12:14,17 - Bless those who persecute you; bless and curse not . . . Do not repay anyone evil for evil.
    • SOVEREIGN
WILL
FOR
 TRUST
IN
GOD’S
 OUR
LIVES. I Peter 2:19 - If you are suffering according to God’s will, keep on doing what is right, and trust yourself to the God who made you, for he will never fail you.
    • TRUST
IN
GOD’S
 SOVEREIGN
WILL
FOR
 OUR
LIVES. man . . . Job 38:3 - Brace yourself like a
    • SOVEREIGN
WILL
FOR
 TRUST
IN
GOD’S
 OUR
LIVES. Job 42:2-6 - I know that you can do all things; no plan of yours can be thwarted . . . Surely I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know . . . Therefore I . . . repent in dust and ashes.