Is Suffering Avoidable if I Have Enough Faith?

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Can we avoid suffering just by having faith?  How much faith is needed to alleviate suffering?  If we are suffering does it mean we lack enough faith in God? What are the reasons for our suffering?

Definition of Faith

First, let us look at the world’s definition of faith and how it contrasts with the definition of faith in the Bible.  Faith is described as a devotion to, a belief in, or a trust in something or someone – particularly without logical proof.  What is the biblical definition of faith?  It is similar to the dictionaries but it sharply contrasts in other ways.  We can read the Word of God’s definition of faith in Hebrews 11:1, “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”  What a huge difference between the world’s definition of faith and that of the Bible.  First of all there is confidence.  We are confident the sun will rise tomorrow.  We can be confident that gravity will still be working tomorrow – if I drop an object and it falls to the ground today we are confident that it will fall again tomorrow.  Biblical faith is a confidence, which is a certainty and being sure of something.  The confidence is in what we hope for and Who we hope in.  Our hope is found in the object of our faith – Jesus Christ.  I have confidence that Jesus saves and He will be the same today and tomorrow.  This is a know-so hope…not a hope-so hope like we hope our team wins the game this weekend.

Next, the author of Hebrews says that faith is the assurance.  I have the assurance that is found in the Word of God.  The assurance that God can not lie as the Bible says in Hebrews 6:18, “God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope set before us may be greatly encouraged.” Further, “God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill” (Num 23:19)? We can have assurance and confidence in God and what He says.  Next, our assurance and confidence is in what we do not see. No man has seen God that is alive today.  I have confidence and assurance that God lives and that I will see Jesus someday.  I do not see the sun at night but I have confidence and assurance in what I do not see – the sun, and that it will rise again in the morning.  Even though we can’t see it, we know that it will rise.  Our faith is only as strong as the object of our faith – and if our faith is in God then that is pretty strong, would you agree?

Is Suffering Avoidable If You Have Enough Faith
I do not believe I can find in the Bible where a person suffers who is a believer in Jesus Christ and their lack of faith was to blame.

Can Suffering Be Avoided If I Have Enough Faith?

Look at the examples in the Bible.  Jesus Christ had more faith than any human that ever lived.  Surely He was and is both God and Man but His suffering was not alleviated because He lacked having enough faith. No, in fact, “the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Heb 12:2).  Sometimes it is because we have faith that we will suffer.  Not having enough faith has nothing to do with alleviating suffering but having faith almost assures us that we will suffer.  Job was one of the most righteous men who ever lived and he suffered perhaps more than any person in the Bible, next to Jesus Christ at Calvary.  Job’s suffering was not due to his lack of faith but because he did have faith in God.  Suffering is not always a result of lacking faith…it possibly could be in some cases, but it certainly does not always mean that a lack of faith produces suffering.  In some cases, suffering increases faith and suffering comes from having much faith.

The Apostle Paul had great faith in Jesus and in fact he had seen the resurrected Christ, but his faith – based upon his seeing Jesus – did not reduce his sufferings.  In 2 Corinthians he lists some of the sufferings he endured, “as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: in great endurance; in troubles, hardships and distresses; in beatings, imprisonments and riots; in hard work, sleepless nights and hunger” (2 Cor 6:4-5).  Paul suffered greatly, “yet we live on; beaten, and yet not killed;  sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, and yet possessing everything” (2 Cor 6:9-10).  Here Paul had hardships, beatings, imprisonment, was in riots, had hunger, sleeplessness, beaten, sorrowful, poor, having nothing, yet possessing everything.  Why?  It was because Paul had faith in his ministry, his future deliverance, and in Jesus Christ.

Is Our Suffering a Result of a Lack of Faith?

I do not believe I can find in the Bible where a person suffers who is a believer in Jesus Christ and their lack of faith was to blame.  The fact is that we can glorify God in our suffering.  Peter says, “But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. If you suffer, it should not be as a murderer or thief or any other kind of criminal, or even as a meddler.  However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name. Those who suffer according to God’s will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good” (2 Pet 4:13, 15-16, 19).

First Peter 2:19-21 says, “For it is commendable if someone bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because they are conscious of God.  But how is it to your credit if you receive a beating for doing wrong and endure it? But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God.  To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.” Paul says that “it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe in him, but also to suffer for him” (Phil 1:29).

Faith Brings Suffering

In what is commonly called the Hall of Faith, many of the Christians and believers in God in the Old and New Testament willingly died for their faith as “Some were killed with stones. They were sawed in two. They were put to death by the sword. They went around wearing the skins of sheep and goats. They were poor. They were attacked. They were treated badly” (Heb 11:37).  In fact, their faith was so strong that they could actually suffer horrifying deaths for their belief in God and their great faith helped them to avoid recanting their faith in God.  They suffered, not from a lack of faith, but because of their great faith.  Their faith, “is what the people of long ago were praised for” even though they died horrible deaths for it (Heb 11:2).  The Bible says that “Without faith it isn’t possible to please God. Those who come to God must believe that he exists. And they must believe that he rewards those who look to him” (Heb 11:6). If you have faith, you are pleasing God and faith in God is associated with suffering (John 15:20).

The many Patriarchs like Abraham, Moses, Abel, Enoch, and Noah all had faith yet they had not inherited the Promised Land or the promises of God.  Hebrews 11:13 states that, “All those people were still living by faith when they died. They didn’t receive the things God had promised. They only saw them and welcomed them from a long way off. They openly said that they were outsiders and strangers on earth.” Peter says that “they heap abuse on you” because they had faith in God (1 Pet 4:4).

Returning again to Paul, who had such great faith that he healed everyone that he laid hands on said that he had “been in prison more frequently, been flogged more severely, and been exposed to death again and again.  Five times I received from the Jews the forty lashes minus one.  Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was pelted with stones, three times I was shipwrecked, I spent a night and a day in the open sea, I have been constantly on the move. I have been in danger from rivers, in danger from bandits, in danger from my fellow Jews, in danger from Gentiles; in danger in the city, in danger in the country, in danger at sea; and in danger from false believers. I have labored and toiled and have often gone without sleep; I have known hunger and thirst and have often gone without food; I have been cold and naked” (2 Cor 11:23-27).  Now who would dare to go up to Paul and say, “Paul, if only you had faith or more faith, or that you lacked faith, you could have avoided all this suffering?”   Paul suffered for his faith not because he lacked faith (2 Tim 2:9).

Reasons for Suffering

Suffering can actually help us “Resist (the Devil), standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings” (1 Pet 5:9). Christians who suffer are joined with a great company of saints down through the ages who died for, were tortured for, and are still dying today for their faith.  Peter told the church to “stand firm in the faith.” He did not tell them that they needed more faith or that they lacked faith and they suffered for it but to stand firm in the faith.  He didn’t tell them to stand firm in the faith to avoid the sufferings.

We will suffer in this world, even non-Christians, but even physical ailments bring glory to God and work in us as a refiner’s fire burns the dross off of gold.  Our sickness, disease, and illnesses keep us dependent upon God and God is glorified in our weaknesses because He is shown strong in our weaknesses and afflictions.  Our sufferings keep us in prayer more often, in depending on God more frequently, and keep us humble.  Perhaps this is why God refused to heal Paul even though he prayed three times to have his “thorn in the flesh” removed.  God didn’t tell Paul that he didn’t have enough faith but that God’s grace was enough for him.  Paul says, “Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, [kept Paul humble] I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me [kept Paul in prayer]. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. [kept Paul dependent upon God]” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me [glorifying Christ]. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong [when he is suffering, he must depend on God Who shows Himself strong]” (2 Cor 12:7-10).

Paul addresses suffering in its proper context: “The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.  Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory [suffering glorifies God].  I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us [the future results of our suffering in our new, glorified bodies].  For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed.  For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope  that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay [and suffering] and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God” (Rom 8:16-21).  For that day, I pray, “Even so Lord, come quickly” (Rev 22:20).

Check out this great article with Bible Verses to comfort those that are suffering:

20 Bible Verses To Comfort The Hurting

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Susie February 29, 2012 at 1:35 pm

thanks for writing this article. i have been wondering about this topic ever since i read a book called “Supernatural Childbirth” by Jakie Mize who is a christian who firmly believes and has experienced childbirth without pain. she beleives that if we have enough faith, trust in God with everything we have we can be delivered of every physical pain because as christians we are redeemed.the book goes on to include several women who followed the authors tips and prayed the prayers (which i could see no fault or wrong in) and they too had children completely naturally and without pain….this article is quite helpful.

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Jack February 29, 2012 at 2:51 pm

Thank you so much Susie. I appreciate your kind remarks and for visiting us here at the website. Please come back again soon. For thousands of years, women have been giving birth without pain relief. That is pretty strong faith that Jakie has.

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Christof March 6, 2012 at 4:25 pm

I’m personally going through a rough time now, I work insane hours and I’m in a burnout, discouraged, and it feels like I’m in a dark whirlpool thats never gonna end.
Anyway, like they say “the only way up, is up” and I have 2 choices, either deteriorate further or look to God for help – cause us much as the Christians before us has suffered there are also many Christians today who’s experiencing enormous blessings and peace in their lives…. exactly what I’m praying for now.
If you have time will you please pray for my situation. thanks

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Jack Wellman March 6, 2012 at 5:02 pm

Hello Christof. I love your line that the only way up is up. So true. I have a schedule that is likewise brutal. The bi-vocational pastor’s life is not one that I would recommend. I work, pastor a church, have a nursing home ministry 3 times a week, write letters to prisoners, help one homeless man, have 1 daughter left in the nest who has High School band, basketball, do Outreach on Saturdays and also write for this website. What concerns me is that only 1 in 10 pastors will stay in their vocation until retirement and only 1 in 35 of bi-vocational ones, so I truly do understand. Even so, it would be a privilege to pray for you friend. It feels as if I already know you and will fall on my face, hands, and knees before the Mercy Seat in Jesus’ Name for you friend. God bless you and thank you for allowing us this honor and for gracing us again with your comments. You are always so transparent and honest that it truly is a pleasure to hear from you.

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Christof March 8, 2012 at 2:58 pm

Jack,
Indeed sounds like you are working very hard – at least most of your work is for God and that must be such a blessing in itself.
I have huge admiration for what you guys are doing, what will this world be without people like you spreading the good message.

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Jack March 8, 2012 at 4:10 pm

Thank you Christof. Very kind words from you my friend and I feel I know you well enough to think of you as one. I would add that the world is much better off with men of faith and godly wisdom like you sir that adds such edifying, exhorting, and encouraging words like you. That is our reward.

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Joe Sewell May 28, 2012 at 8:08 pm

Another awesome study, Jack. I wish avoiding suffering were as easy as “having enough faith,” but your point that faith *brings* suffering is correct.

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Jack Wellman May 28, 2012 at 8:13 pm

Thank you again Joe. I see you and Barnabas are related. The Son of Encouragement you are.

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Caritas lekoa August 2, 2012 at 3:22 am

This is realy inspiring, I thank God for this message, many ask how come I am still suffering, I am a christian, I live the kind of life that is expected from a christian but I still suffer.

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Jack Wellman August 10, 2012 at 10:12 pm

Thank you so much Caritas for your very kind words. As I said to Ajayi, ultimately, all suffering can help a Christian and suffering can bring people to God for help and then He can point them to Christ for salvation, so you see, God uses suffering and allows evil but for our own good. Rom 8:28 : “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” and Rom 8:18, “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.”

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Ajayi kayode August 10, 2012 at 11:32 am

Jack,how can a person differenciate between God’s suffering and evil suffering?or is all the suffering from God?

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Jack Wellman August 10, 2012 at 10:08 pm

What an awesome question Ajayi. One of the best I have been ever asked. If you remember Job, God allowed but never caused evil or suffering. We have a fallen world, but God can even use evil as Joseph said in Genesis 50:20, ” But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.” God may allow us to suffer, but suffering creates character in us and we learn to depend upon Him. God does never cause evil, the Devil is, but the Devil is only as strong as God allows and He is God’s Devil and keeps him in check. Ultimately, all suffering can help a Christian and suffering can bring people to God for help and then He can point them to Christ for salvation, so you see, God uses suffering and allows evil but for our own good. Rom 8:28 : “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” and Rom 8:18, “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.”

Does this help my friend?

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Ajayi kayode August 11, 2012 at 1:28 am

Thank you jack,I really appreciate your enlightment on this topic.may God bless you abundantly.

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Jean-Marc August 15, 2012 at 8:15 am

Jack i am scared now, i am of 12 years of age and i read the bible and pray everyday before i sleep and before i eat and other times, but in school i have been called a bible basher which means your obsessed with the bible, i just want to stop this suffering, but i guess it all pays off my faith because i will be reunited with my heavenly father, but please give me advice on how to stay strong

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Jack Wellman August 15, 2012 at 2:45 pm

Hello Jean-Marc. In the first place, all who live Godly lives will suffer persecution and Jesus said that since they persecuted Him they will persecute you. The good news is that if you are being persecuted for your faith in Christ, then you know you are on the right side and that Christ stands with you. We actually are blessed Jesus said when they revile us, persecute us, say evil things about us for great is your reward in heaven. Just keep in the gospels and particularly John and 1, 2, and 3 John to keep strong in the faith. Your reward in heaven is great my friend. Just think about your eternal destiny and those who die without Christ is.

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Joe Sewell August 16, 2012 at 10:29 pm

God provides the strength, even when you don’t see it. That seems almost hypocritical for me to say right now, as I’m dealing with a wife who has neuroendocrine carcinoma in her liver, and I definitely do *not* feel strong. At the same time, I’m not strong enough to do anything *but* hang in there. Regardless of what happens to me or to her, I know staying in Christ is the *only* way to make it through life alive. 😉

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Joseibi September 18, 2012 at 9:13 am

Joe, it’s not hypocritical and you are so right! I pray for you and your wife.

My husband, my father and father-in-law all battled cancer within these past 5 years – my husband is declared cancer free in May! Both my father and father-in-law are well after surgery and treatment! (neither are Christians but we prayed for them)

May God be with you and your wife and loved ones and healing upon her, strength to carry you through!

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Judy September 18, 2012 at 9:05 am

Thank you, Jack, for this article!

Bad things happened to me a lot, and my siblings, who are Christians, often point to some kind of ‘secret sin’ I might have, which they think is the cause for misfortune or suffering. They go to ethnic churches (speaking only one language excluding English or other speakers). Anyway, I believed I was cursed because they always assumed I was to blame for everything bad that happened to me.

I go to church and my church refuted my siblings’ claims immediately. I just happened to come across this article and now I know it’s not my fault.

My pastor had said, heroes aren’t born that way too. God puts a lot of trials and tribulations to build character, and these things either make or break a person. Heroes endured them and their faith strengthened in the process. I thought that was a good analogy too. Not that I am a hero or anything. It helps me understand that to be refined more into Christ’s image one must go through the fire just like pottery, God being the potter.

Thank you again and God bless you for helping believers and non believers alike with your insightful articles!

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Jack Wellman September 18, 2012 at 6:00 pm

Judy, this is such and encouragement. That “heroes” analogy is a very good one. I know that God says that as a Father, “He corrects every son (and daugther) that He loves.” Storms of life are like this in effect: There are storms of affection, of correction, of direction, of reflection, and perfection. All in all, they are always for our best. Thanks Judy.

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Claudia January 13, 2013 at 12:23 pm

I have a friend who killed her self last month. it was Dec. 3 2012.
I had been talking to her every day for a year.,she had no faith that things would get better. She felt so alone. I kept telling her she was never alone, that God is always with you. I have been in the valley. God was carrying me the whole time. Yes it was hard to know my husband was dying of cancer. I am a stronger person today . God did take my husband home. We were married 43 years when he passed away. God gave me grace an strength to get through because I ask him to. We do suffer, but we are stronger for it. It taugh me to only live for today. Trust in God with my heart and soul. I pray and stay close to God,. I am concerned for my friend. She was a Christian. I have a hard time with her doing this to her self. I believe Gid wants us to live every day joyful and helping others. I know I should not feel this way but I am so worried about her soul. Thank you so much for all that you do to help.

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Claudia January 13, 2013 at 12:25 pm

I have a friend who killed her self last month. it was Dec. 3 2012.
I had been talking to her every day for a year.,she had no faith that things would get better. She felt so alone. I kept telling her she was never alone, that God is always with you. I have been in the valley. God was carrying me the whole time. Yes it was hard to know my husband was dying of cancer. I am a stronger person today . God did take my husband home. We were married 43 years when he passed away. God gave me grace an strength to get through because I ask him to. We do suffer, but we are stronger for it. It taugh me to only live for today. Trust in God with my heart and soul. I pray and stay close to God,. I am concerned for my friend. She was a Christian. I have a hard time with her doing this to her self. I believe Gid wants us to live every day joyful and helping others. I know I should not feel this way but I am so worried about her soul. Thank you so much for all that you do to help.

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Joe Sewell January 15, 2013 at 7:34 pm

Too often Christians get deceived by teachings from early in their spiritual lives that the devil uses to steal all hope. I know a false teaching about “giving an account” (from Romans 12 or 14) had me fearing my judgment before God, when I would have absolutely zero excuse for many things I have done. Sometimes such weak hope also leads to failure in our ability to cope with stresses that others consider normal. Sometimes it seems like the only way out is to “go Home early.”

I have been there. Too often I still want that.

I understand your concern over her soul, but don’t put yourself in that rut. God knew her heart, and God will be fair. What often hurts to those left behind in this manner is that there’s nothing we can do to change her eternal home now. I know some teach the ability to pray the deceased into Heaven, but that is not supported by the New Testament. Instead, let me encourage you to pray, seeking how God would have you use her story to encourage others.

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Jack Wellman January 13, 2013 at 10:06 pm

Hello Claudia. How hard this must be. I had a first cousin who was not saved who did this and he left behind 4 children and a pregnant wife. It hurts so bad but I see your faith is so strong and I admire that. Thank you for your powerful testimony to your trust in God.

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Mr Anthony Cotton May 30, 2014 at 12:12 pm

Sorry Jack this is the wrong department to tell you I need your guidance on another site called AllaboutGod.net.
I don`t know how I wandered on this site.
The are saying what you told me ages ago when you need to be in a fellowship otherwise Satan will pick you off.
Has you know we talked about it,and you did not know I was housebound. I am still looking,but this site seems to answer this by getting to know people,and of course emailing each other.
Jack you have covered that ground with me,and has you know you have taught me a lot of important things from the bible what I did not know about. My instinct (Holy Spirit) is not to go on that site because I find their is no need to.
What do you think Jack?

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Jack Wellman May 30, 2014 at 4:31 pm

Thank you Anthony…hey, any department is good here my brother. I went to the site and looked at it and it looks fine…there are no pastors or seminary grads there but more like Christian’s who have blogs. I see that there is some good stuff there and it is a good place for a new believer to go to. I have a few concerns because some of the comments I read in the forums and on the blogs seems to be more focused on a happy life in Christ when the goal should be to glorify God and to be joy-filled, not happy. I think you can learn and grow from others there but I would trust your Holy Spirit-inspired feeling to not go there. If you are not comfortable there, then there must be something wrong that you cannot quite put your finger on. I like the one on one but and this may help you some and I do realize you don’t have a lot of choices in your area for Bible-centered, Christ-elevating, God-glorifying churches there but there is still something that YOU can contribute to a local church even if its far from perfect, which I know the one I am at is not perfect….that’s because I am in it! Since you are housebound, God understands and I certainly do. This is not your fault. I am just glad to be your friend and I too have so much to learn.

The site is okay but there is nothing like personal, relationships in a local body of Christ, the church. Since you can’t, you know you can come here anytime for anything and I cannot wait to meet you in heaven brother. Oh, what a joy that will be to meet you face to face and worship the Lamb of God together in eternal joy!

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Mr Anthony Cotton May 31, 2014 at 10:34 am

Thanks for replying so quickly Jack,and your opinion.
I have read what you said,and I think you are quite right about not going there.
Yes I have an illness,that makes me confused,but if you add Loneliness on top of that it`s terrible.
It`s a combination of both,but this site is for me personally.
I say that because I would not want the 3 yrs I have spent on this site where you personally have helped me a great deal,and the other thing is I would more or less be starting all over again.
I go to Questions.org to read the bible and ask questions if I want to know something I can`t understand.
You don`t have join their service is free.
Recently I have been reading about Godly sorrow,and I have found out that I have it.
Like St Peter after denying Jesus 3 times he wept bitterly I have found out that I am doing the same.
It could happen any time I just think all the sins I have committed,and I just break down and weep bitterly.
It`s a different thing from crying.
It seems to come from my heart or spirit,and I have a very deep feeling of sorrow.
So I have decided not to go there.
I know you are a Godly man so I am following behind you on that narrow path. God is with you Jack I just know.

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Jack Wellman May 31, 2014 at 11:55 am

Anthony, you bring me such joy and this is part of the reason that I have grown to love you as a brother in Christ, but more than that, a friend. Your loneliness must be a hard road to travel, yet you remain faithful in fellowship here. I also love and think the website GotQuestions.org is a rock solid website. It is theologically sound and biblically faithful to the Word of God and I too love this site and it is very, very dependable.

Yes, godly sorrow is true repentance because it causes us to confess our sins and seek forgiveness, which we know God promises to give to all who would ask (1 John 1:9). The fact that you weep over your sins is concrete evidence of the Holy Spirit abiding in you and proof that you cannot be taken out of the Father’s and Christ’s very own hands (John 10:28-29).

As for me being a godly man, I am still a wretched sinner and like Martin Luther once wrote, we are both sinners and saints at the same time and we live in this tension until we will be perfected at His coming and in that day brother, get ready for a hug of your life as we fall down together before our Great Savior and King…oh, what a joy that day will be!

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Mr Anthony Cotton June 1, 2014 at 3:44 pm

Thanks Jack for regarding me as a friend,that means a lot to me,because I don`t know how you do what you do.
My Grey matter is going downhill fast.
I read that Godly Sorrow from GotQuestion.org,and it really must have been very hard for St Peter.
Now I am beginning to understand what these little sentences really mean.
When I was a Catholic I just read it,and was told no more about it.
This is the biggest mistake the Catholic Church makes, only the Pope downwards to the priest only knows this information you just knew St Peter wept bitterly.
It`s the first time in my life what this really means and I should of been told that.
Thanks again Jack for giving me to understand better, my eyes are getting opened so I can understand,and to me this is the work of the Holy Spirit.

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Jack Wellman June 1, 2014 at 6:46 pm

My brother…fewer things bring me more joy in this world than knowing and writing back and forth to you…the one exception will be meeting you in person! In the Kingdom!

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