Saturday, May 16th, 2009
"Happy is the man that keeps on enduring trial, because on becoming approved he will receive the crown of life." (James 1:12)
Can present suffering produce anything good in those who hope to live forever on a paradise earth free from sickness, sorrow, and death? The pain and anguish that suffering brings are not in themselves things to be desired. But when we endure such suffering, good personal qualities can be enhanced and happiness produced. Consider what God's inspired Word says about this: "Even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are happy." "If you are being reproached for the name of Christ, you are happy." (1 Peter 3:14; 4:14) "Happy are you when people reproach you and persecute you and lyingly say every sort of wicked thing against you for my sake. Rejoice and leap for joy, since your reward is great in the heavens." (Matthew 5:11, 12) The happiness comes from knowing that we are suffering because we are doing Jehovah's will.
(Watchtower issue: 08/15/07, 2:12-14)