Suffering - Our Response to Suffering and the Beauty of Suffering

len Alfred Ajibola - 06th February, 2019 @ 12:15 PM

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Academic Questions in CRS

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Jesus was born specifically in _____.

  • A. Jerusalem

  • B. Bethlehem

  • C. Nazareth

  • D. Israel

  • E. Capernaum

  • F. Calvary

And the angel came to her, and said: Hail, thou that art highly favored, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women (Luke 1:28). Who was this angel?

  • A. Michael

  • B. Gabriel

  • C. Raphael

  • D. Uriel

  • E. Ariel

  • F. Muriel

Concerning the biblical account of first human disobedience, which of the following statement is false?

  • A. The snake began its temptation by asking the woman: 'Did God really tell you not to eat fruit from any tree in the garden?'

  • B. The snake lied to the woman that she won't die when she eats the fruit

  • C. The woman ate the fruit because she she saw how beautiful the tree was and how good its fruit would be to eat

  • D. The woman ate the fruit and gave some to her husband, after which they were given understanding

  • E. The fruit eaten by the woman was an apple and it looked pleasing to the eye

  • F. The snake was the most cunning animal that the Lord God had made

That same evening when Adam and Eve ate the fruit in middle of the garden, What was God's first action?

  • A. God called out to Adam and Eve

  • B. God cursed the serpent, Adam and Eve respectively

  • C. God called out to man and asked him: 'Where are you?'

  • D. God expressed his disappointed to Adam

  • E. God declared his anger to man

  • F. God called out to Adam and Eve and punished them immediately

The snake in the garden of Eden began it's temptation on Eve by _____.

  • A. Telling her she would be wise

  • B. Telling her she won't die when she eats the fruit

  • C. Telling her she will be like God

  • D. Asking her a simple question

  • E. Showing her the beauty of the fruit

  • F. Suggesting that she doesn't know what she's missing

God knows all things, even your secret and deepest thoughts. This attribute of God is termed _____.

  • A. Omniscient

  • B. Self existence

  • C. Omnipotent

  • D. Wisdom

  • E. Omnipresent

  • F. Omniknowledge

The following are attributes of God except _____.

  • A. Jealousy

  • B. Asiety

  • C. Incomprehensibility

  • D. Immutability

  • E. Impeccability

  • F. Options A through E are correct

_____ is the first son of Jacob.

  • A. Benjamin

  • B. Reuben

  • C. Gideon

  • D. Joseph

  • E. Seth

  • F. Absalom

The beauty of suffering:

In all sincerity, No one enjoys suffering. Suffering brings pain. By our neural configuration, pain hurts. Nowadays, some women may choose to avoid pain by paying other women into delivering their very own baby. Such women (who delivers another's baby) are called surrogate mothers.

Meanwhile, understand that surrogate mothers are hired perhaps because a woman finds it difficult to conceive or a pregnant woman with child is unwilling to undergo the pains of labor.

Please read on consequences of Adam and Eve's disobedience here

I have heard about mercy killing by doctors, a process termed euthanasia. Euthanasia is often done by medics in an attempt to end the pain of a suffering person by terminating his or her life in a soothing manner. However, according to the laws of christianity, this act isn't right because the process of terminating one's life has no justification, even in the context of freeing the deceased from their intense sufferings and pains. To make matters worse, some may take their lives by committing suicide as a result of some sufferings which they were passing through at that point in time.

Please read on the leadership qualities of Joseph that has transformed lives here

All around us, we see sufferings and the pains associated with it. We feel for these people and may even lend a helping hand in order to get them out of their pains. For this reason, It may therefore stand to reason that suffering in itself is generally bad.

Well, the truth is, not all sufferings are bad. In fact, some sufferings are very good for us. All we need do is to identify and embrace them, while also asking God's help and direction on them.

The point I'm passing across is this: 'There is a glorious hope that accompanies your suffering', and that's the beauty of whatever suffering you're going through at this moment.

You can check out some powerful motivational quotes here

Beauty of Suffering - Len Academy


To perfectly comprehend the beauty of suffering, we need to first understand why pains and sufferings exist.

Please read more on the introduction to suffering and pain here.


Our response to suffering

Whether we like it or not, suffering is inevitable because we live on earth (and not heaven). For this reason, we shall all suffer here on earth at one point or another in our lifetime. However, the most important question is:

  • How do we respond to suffering?
  • Do you see opportunities in suffering?
  • Do you realize the fact that the beauty of suffering can transform your world for the best if properly managed?

Nothing good comes easy. Whenever you read the profile of any great man or woman, a common factor that binds them all is pain, suffering, dedication and hardwork among others. Jesus himself is an excellent example of one who suffered intensely in atonement for mankind's sins. He embraced the cross of suffering and eventually died on it.

We should learn to embrace the good suffering; rather than resist it. In fact, some people are willing to undergo suffering for the good cause. To this end, they are ready to live and die for the truth even when it demand their lives.

The summary of this article points to the fact that there are some sufferings which we must embrace. If we take a deep and reasonable thought into this kind of sufferings, we will discover the beauty present within them.

The image below speaks volumes on the beauty of suffering. Notice that the world sees more of the victory (and not the suffering) as depicted by the image.

Beauty of Suffering - Len Academy

The beauty Jesus' suffering was the fact that he conquered death through it (his suffering). To this end, you and I can enjoy a life of eternal happiness with him if we live according to his words.

Our world will change for the better the moment we start accepting suffering as a part of our existence on earth. However the severity of our suffering, we should also endeavor to aid others (practically) through their sufferings, while also praying for them.

The points below are noteworthy concerning suffering and its beauty:

  • The beauty of Jesus' suffering is the many that will be saved by his blood.

  • Edison made 1,000 unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb.

  • I don't believe I have special talents, I have persistence. After the first failure, second failure, third failure, I kept trying - Carlo Rubbia, Nobel price winning physicist

  • Great success is built on failure, frustration, even catastrophy - Sumner Redstone

  • Think about the suffering a woman in labour would pass through but after that comes the bigger joy of seeing her baby.

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Amazing facts in CRS

There are a total of 188 named women in the Bible

Mahershalalhashbaz is the longest word in the Bible

The shortest verse of the Bible is John 11:35. It reads:

Jesus wept


The longest verse in the bible is Esther 8:9. It reads:

Then were the king’s scribes called at that time in the third month, that is, the month Sivan, on the three and twentieth day thereof; and it was written according to all that Mordecai commanded unto the Jews, and to the lieutenants, and the deputies and rulers of the provinces which are from India unto Ethiopia, an hundred twenty and seven provinces, unto every province according to the writing thereof, and unto every people after their language, and to the Jews according to their writing, and according to their language

The last word in the Bible is 'Amen'.

The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen

Revelation 22:21

The shortest verse in the bible is found in John chapter 11 verse 35. It reads:

Jesus wept

If you translate 'Jesus' from Hebrew directly to English, the correct translation will be 'Joshua'. The name Jesus was actually a translation from Hebrew, to Greek, to Latin and finally, English


God created human beings for the following reasons:

  1. To know Him

  2. To love Him

  3. To serve Him

  4. To be happy with Him forever

Our first parent, Adam and Eve enjoyed a life of complete happiness before they committed sin. They never knew what pain nor sorrow was until they disobeyed God. In short, both were perfect beings until they committed the sin of disobedience against God.

Disobedience may simple be defined as the failure to obey rules, command or someone in authority.

Adam and Eve were the first human beings to disobey God.

Please read more on the biblical account of first human disobedience here

Adam and Eve were able to commit sin (disobey God's command) because God had given them that special gift of free will.

The events written in Genesis 3:1-13 presents the story of the first human disobedience.

Now the snake was the most cunning animal that the Lord God had made. The snake asked the woman, 'Did God really tell you not to eat fruit from any tree in the garden?'

Genesis 3:1

Moral Lesson: The devil can come in any form and can tempt any man, woman, boy or girl, as far as he or she is of the age of reasoning.

Sometimes, satan creeps into one's life by asking simple questions. Notice that the snake (satan) did exactly this when it approached Eve to tempt her. To this end, we need to be at alert prayerfully because the evil one can tempt any human in any situation, place and at any point in time

Attributes of God is defined as those characteristics that has to do with God.

The attributes of God will aid us to better understand who God is. It is important to state that no one has a complete knowledge of God's attributes.

Jesus is the true image of the unseen God and he shares completely all the attributes of God. Those who were with Jesus in his time saw the attributes of God in him according to how he acted, loved and forgave.

Fortunately, we have all experienced one attribute of God or another in our daily lives. Infact, you are alive today (and able to read this write-up) simply because of the attributes of God resting upon you.

Below are some of God's attributes:

  • God is sovereign

  • God is love

  • God is merciful

  • God is self-existent, infinite and immortal

  • God is completely independent

  • God is always good

  • God is immutable

  • God is perfectly wise

  • God is trinity

  • God is impeccable

  • God is self-sufficient

  • God is faithful

  • God is gracious

  • God is omniscient

  • God is omnipotent

  • God is omnipresent

  • God is jealous

  • God is just

  • God is holy

  • God is glorious

  • God is incomprehensible

Please read the explanations on God's attributes with relevant bible verses here

Joseph (in the old testament of the bible) is the 11th son of Jacob out of 12 brothers. He is so loved by his father because he was born when his father was in his old age. When his brothers saw that their father loved him more than any of them, they hated the young innocent boy (Joseph). Meanwhile, his dad made a special coat for him.

According to the Bible (Genesis 37), Joseph is a dreamer boy (and also an excellent interpreter of dreams). This gift of his further made him an object of envy and hate among his brothers.

Out of envy, his brothers decided to kill him but God saved his life through one of them named Reuben. Reuben is the firstborn of Jacob's 12 children.

Please read more on Joseph's story here