Why Do Those Who Follow Jesus Suffer in this Life?

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The Bible teaches that the rains will fall on the righteous and the unrighteous.

In other words, “good” people will experience “bad” events in life. Jesus never promised that His followers would not experience suffering or persecution. In fact, He said that His followers must expect to encounter suffering and persecution. Yet, at the same time, He promised that He will be with us always and that He will empower us to navigate the storms of life and survive in victory.

People who follow Jesus wholeheartedly are not exempt from suffering. While we are on earth, we are subject to the laws of this world. But, believers in Jesus do not need to live life alone. They have the Bible as God’s Word to guide, teach, and inspire them. They have the church, the community of faith, that is filled with other believers who love God. They will encourage one another and support each other in God’s love. Also, believers have a relationship with God the Holy Spirit who brings comfort, and empowers them to share their faith with others. So, in times of suffering, believers can turn to Jesus, the Bible, the church, and the Holy Spirit to enable and empower them to deal with the suffering on this earth.

While believers can suffer to the point even of death, they know that their time on this earth is temporary. When people die, they will face the consequences of their actions. Those who love and follow Jesus will go to heaven. Those who do not love and follow Jesus will not go to heaven.

The true story of a man named Job is found in the Old Testament portion of the Bible. He was a righteous man who loved God and lived well. Suddenly, tragic struck and tore apart his family, his wealth, and his entire life! Yet, in the midst of his suffering, Job believed in God. He did not allow the circumstances of life take him away from loving God. As a result, Job survived the season of suffering and God blessed him.