What the Bible says about suffering
Suffering is a natural part of the human experience. It produces perseverance, character; and character, hope. Suffering produces endurance to follow in His steps.
If you carry the spirit of Christ, you will suffer for Jesus. That's comes with living the Christian life. God's glory is more important than our own. If the Holy Spirit walks with us, the work we do will add to the eternal glory in Christ.
The Kingdom of Heaven is greater than anything we can imagine today. To live an eternal life through the power of Christ, we must lean upon the God of all comfort. He alone can help us enjoy the fruit of the spirit.
In today's Bible study, we will learn about how suffering is important in our journey with Christ:
Comforting Bible Verses For Suffering
Then said Jesus unto Peter, Put up thy sword into the sheath: the cup which my Father hath given me, shall I not drink it?
These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes.
Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped, And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.
For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:
For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:
And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name.
And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.
10. Psalms 34:19 KJV
Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all.
This is my comfort in my affliction: for thy word hath quickened me.
12. Romans 8:17 KJV
And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.
13. 1 Peter 3:18 KJV
For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:
14. Luke 14:27 KJV
And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.
15. 2 Peter 3:9 KJV
The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.
17. John 15:19 KJV
If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.
18. 1 Peter 4:16 KJV
Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.
19. 1 Peter 5:10 KJV
But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.
20. Job 5:17 KJV
Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty:
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.
And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews. These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.
24. John 3:16 KJV
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.
Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.
For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake;
28. Hebrews 2:10 KJV
For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.
29. Mark 13:13 KJV
And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
30. Romans 5:3 KJV
And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
31. 1 Peter 3:17 KJV
For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing.
32. 1 Peter 4:13 KJV
But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.
33. Genesis 3:15 KJV
And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
34. Isaiah 43:2 KJV
When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.
Before I was afflicted I went astray: but now have I kept thy word.
36. 1 Peter 2:19 KJV
For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully.
There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.
39. Matthew 4:24 KJV
And his fame went throughout all Syria: and they brought unto him all sick people that were taken with divers diseases and torments, and those which were possessed with devils, and those which were lunatick, and those that had the palsy; and he healed them.
40. Romans 8:28 KJV
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
41. Hebrews 9:26 KJV
For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.
42. John 9:2-3 KJV
And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.
But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.
And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
46. Isaiah 53:4 KJV
Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
47. Job 36:15 KJV
He delivereth the poor in his affliction, and openeth their ears in oppression.
48. 1 Peter 4:1 KJV
Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin;
49. Romans 16:20 KJV
And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.
50. Psalms 73:26 KJV
My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.
And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.
52. Psalms 34:20 KJV
He keepeth all his bones: not one of them is broken.
Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body’s sake, which is the church:
Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God;
And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.
56. 1 Peter 3:14 KJV
But and if ye suffer for righteousness’ sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled;
57. Psalms 23:4 KJV
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord doth man live.
59. Hebrews 4:15 KJV
For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
60. Acts 14:22 KJV
Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.
61. Romans 12:14 KJV
Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.
62. 1 Peter 5:7 KJV
Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.
64. James 1:12 KJV
Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.
For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;
66. Isaiah 53:3 KJV
He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;
68. Romans 8:35 KJV
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
69. James 1:2 KJV
My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;
70. 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.
For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.