Why Do We Go Through Pain? (Acts 12:1-12)

Bro. Mike Meade, August 19, 2018
Part of the Miscellaneous series, preached at a Sunday Evening service

Why do we go through pain in our life? It's a common question that you undoubtedly have asked yourself at some point in your life. The loss of a loved one. Maybe it was a disappointment at work. Maybe just an unanswered prayer. Why do we suffer? What is the purpose of that kind of pain?

Peter found himself in jail, suffering, for nothing more than preaching the Gospel. But his friends gathered together to pray for his release. Peter himself suffered. His friends were upset and in pain because of his imprisonment. But why? What was the purpose of his suffering?

God uses pain and suffering in our lives for His Glory. He uses it as an instrument to produce good things in your life.

Tags: Pain, Suffering

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Acts 12:1-12

1Now about that time Herod the king stretched forth his hands to vex certain of the church. 2And he killed James the brother of John with the sword. 3And because he saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter also. (Then were the days of unleavened bread.) 4And when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people. 5Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him. 6And when Herod would have brought him forth, the same night Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains: and the keepers before the door kept the prison. 7And, behold, the angel of the Lord came upon him, and a light shined in the prison: and he smote Peter on the side, and raised him up, saying, Arise up quickly. And his chains fell off from his hands. 8And the angel said unto him, Gird thyself, and bind on thy sandals. And so he did. And he saith unto him, Cast thy garment about thee, and follow me. 9And he went out, and followed him; and wist not that it was true which was done by the angel; but thought he saw a vision. 10When they were past the first and the second ward, they came unto the iron gate that leadeth unto the city; which opened to them of his own accord: and they went out, and passed on through one street; and forthwith the angel departed from him. 11And when Peter was come to himself, he said, Now I know of a surety, that the Lord hath sent his angel, and hath delivered me out of the hand of Herod, and from all the expectation of the people of the Jews. 12And when he had considered the thing, he came to the house of Mary the mother of John, whose surname was Mark; where many were gathered together praying. (KJV)

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