The Beauty of Suffering

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

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Academic Questions in CRS

QUESTION: Jealousy is one of the attributes of God


ANSWER is: True (Exodus 20: 5-6)

Being Jealous does not always mean something bad. In fact, it can mean something good; and the good form of jealousy is what we are ascribing as being a part of God’s attribute.

One of the meanings of the term “Jealous” is: Wanting to protect something that you love or have because it makes you feel happy or proud.

Please read on the attributes of God with bible quotation (including Jealousy)


QUESTIONNoah had three sons after he was _____ years old.

  1. 60
  2. 75
  3. 100
  4. 120
  5. 350
  6. 500

ANSWER is: 500 (Genesis chapter 5 verse 32)

The three sons of Noah were Shem, Ham and Japhet


QUESTION: According to Genesis chapter 1 verses 6 – 8, God created _____ on the second day.

  1. land
  2. seas
  3. sky
  4. heavenly bodies
  5. birds
  6. land animals
  7. animals living in water

ANSWER is: Sky

Please read the Biblical account of God’s creation here


The Beauty of Suffering:

In all sincerity, No one like to suffer. Suffering brings pain. By our neural configuration, pain hurts. Nowadays, some couples will prefer to pay another woman to deliver their very own baby. Such women are called surrogate mothers. I have heard about mercy killing by doctors, a process called "euthanasia" to stop the pain of suffering people by intentionally ending their life. People cheat other people because they don't want to suffer. Just recently, I lost my mobile phone in a bus. Whoever took the phone removed my sim card and sold the phone, perhaps because he or she didn't want to suffer. All around us, we see suffering and the pains associated with it. We feel for these people and even try to get them out of the pains sometimes. It would 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.

Image Credit: Quest Church


Why does suffering and pain exist?

According to the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP), pain is defined as an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage.  Pain is a sign that something unpleasant is about to happen, is happening  or has happened. It creates a memory to avoid facing future danger. For instance, think of a baby and a fire. The baby touched the fire previously and got hurt. Now when he encounters the fire, he won’t touch it. As we grow, we experience different forms of suffering, some of which will define our destiny. For instance, Christiano Ronaldo, a footballer had achieved greatness because he did extra hours on trainings, fitness and hard-work. We can see the efforts of his work on the pitch. If he had gone about drinking, trying to avoid stress and suffering of trainings, he may not have become what he is. Also, students suffer sleepless nights to get good grades.

Without suffering and pain, we would not properly understand the meaning of happiness contentment and perseverance. All of these things happen because of suffering. Consider these bible passages below:

Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because whoever suffers in the body is done with sin.

1st Peter 4:1

Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me.

Matthew 10: 38

Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.

Roman 5:3-4

We love to wear gold I believe, but the truth is, gold passed through fire. In the same way, if we were to be called "golden crowns"  we must go through a similar process. We have all experienced one form of suffering or another because we can't just live on earth without it. The sooner we accept the fact of suffering and pain, the better our lives will be. Below are some of the ways we may suffer:

  • Unjustly sacked from our job
  • Sickness
  • Death of a family member
  • Breakup of a serious relationship
  • Road accidents


Our Response to suffering

Whether we like it or not, suffering is inevitable. The most important question is, how do we respond? Do you see opportunity in sufferings? Do you realize the fact that the "beauty of suffering" can transform your world for the best if properly managed? Don't resist the good suffering and stop running from pillar to post. Some people keep going from one church to another because they suffer. Going to church is excellent. Remain in one church and grow your faith there. Embrace your suffering, Look into it and you will find beauty inside of it. The moment we start accepting suffering, our world will change for the better.

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.

My humble self

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