The Mercy of Trials

Weekend Bible Study

SUNDAY, MAY 22, 2016

The Mercy of Trials

Study Passage: 2 Corinthians 4:8-18

We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. For we who live are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh.  So death is at work in us, but life in you.

Since we have the same spirit of faith according to what has been written, “I believed, and so I spoke,” we also believe, and so we also speak, knowing that he who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and bring us with you into his presence. For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.

So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self  is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.

  1. Why was Paul suffering in this passage? What made his suffering worth it to him?
  2. What have been some notable examples of trials or suffering in your life?
  3. How has God used your trials or suffering for his glory and your gain?

Spend Time In Prayer: Thank God that he never abandons you in the midst of trials. Ask him to give you his perspective so you can endure suffering with a deeply rooted joy.


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