Does Harm Come to Teach Us Lessons? Part 1 of 2

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  1. Does Harm Come to Teach Us Lessons? Part 1 of 2
  2. Does Harm Come to Teach Us Lessons? Part 2

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Throughout my life, the majority of the religious people that I have encountered feel that any illness or hardship they suffer has come to them by the hand of God and has not been removed as a sort of lesson.

In recent studies on such topics over the past few years, I have come to some quite different conclusions than those of the religious majority. Such teaching does have a crippling effect on one’s faith. Let’s first look together at the following quote from the book, “Faith to Faith,” by Ken and Gloria Copeland, page dated Oct 18th.

“Is there actually a divine purpose behind the bad things that happen in your life? Could it be that the sicknesses and calamities you experience are somehow a part of God’s plan for you? Before you can ever begin to experience the healing, delivering power of God, you’ve got to…settle [those questions] once and for all. If you even suspect that God is the source of your misfortunes, you won’t be able to believe Him for deliverance from them. Your faith will be crippled because you’ll think that by escaping those things, you’ll be opposing His will. In order to receive all the benefits God desires to give you, you must be absolutely sure that He is a good God.”

How can one receive the good God desires to pour into his life if he believes God is the source of the misfortune?

When Jesus walked the earth revealing the character and nature of God to mankind, he said, “The thief [referring to satan] comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that you may have life, and have it more abundantly (Jn. 10:10). Jesus makes it very plain that we should carefully consider the source of harm; harm comes from the enemy of mankind. Life and abundance come from God. The Greek word for life, zoe, literally means to have life—to live. More so, a study of the Greek word for abundance (The New Testament was originally written in Greek.) is a revelation of the wholeness, of the fulfilled life God desires for us. Perissos or abundance refers to superabundant in quantity, superior in quality, very highly, beyond measure, more, superfluous, vehemently (These definitions are taken from Strong’s Dictionary of New Testament Words.)

What in your life does not fit into the abundant life God desires for you?

If things in your life do not fit with what God says is a part of your relationship to Him, take thorough evaluation of what is bringing harm into your life. Is it your own carelessness? Is it a harmful environment? Wounding relationships? Contemplate what changes can be made relatively quickly, providing relief and a sense of reward for your efforts. That will result in added strength for addressing the more challenging areas in the future.

(This is a 2-part blog. I’ll give a specific example of this injurious concept that God brings harm to teach people lessons in follow-up 2 Minute Reflection.)

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