Nine Maxims of Suffering

1. Suffering is not God's desire for us, but occurs in the process of life.

2. Suffering is not given in order to teach us something, but through it we learn.

3. Suffering is not given to punish us, but is sometimes the consequence of poor judgement.

4. Suffering is not given to us to teach others something, but through it they may learn.

5. Suffering does not occur because our faith is weak, but through it our faith may be strengthened.

6. God does not depend on human suffering to achieve God's purposes, but through it God's purposes are sometimes achieved.

7. Suffering is not always to be avoided at all costs, but is sometimes chosen.

8. Suffering can either destroy us or add meaning to our life.

9. The will of God has more to do with how we respond to life than with how life deals with us.

Rev. Cornel Rempel, a hospital chaplain and CPE supervisor.

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Anonymous said…
The author of this is the Rev. Cornel Rempel, a hospital chaplain and CPE supervisor.
Hummie B said…
Thank you! I will edit the post.
Tammy said…
Wow! Wise words. Thanks for sharing!!

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