Sweet Like Honey

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Some Thoughts About Beauty and Suffering in the World and Our Response


That there is beauty in this world demonstrates that there is something more than the ugliness and pain of this life. It is wrong to live an ugly, austere, depressed, ascetic life as a Chritian because we feel guilty over the suffering of others. The hope in our life gives hope to others. We should use our hope as a means of ministering to those who have none–always ready to give an answer for the hope that is in us–a hope we can only have from God.

We should embrace what is beautiful, true and good. Our lives should be characterized by these things, along with love. We should not, however, use these things to escape from the reality of a hurting world. We have hope of a better future and so we can look suffering and pain in the face without it shattering our faith–whether the suffering is ours or another’s–and we can reach out to others without despising them for their “lack” of beauty.

We know He makes all things beautiful in His time. We look forward to no more tears, pain and suffering. We have this as a sure hope, an anchor of our souls, and so we don’t have to grasp after it here and pretend nothing is amiss in our lives or the world. We can enjoy the beauty in this world and live with joy and hope, while at the same time accept that this world is also full of evil and suffering.

Because we are not escaping into beauty we can actively look for people who are hurting and extend hope and practical help to them. We can do this without feeling like a fake, because though the suffering is real, so is beauty and goodness and it is the goodness that will go on into eternity whereas the suffering will come to an end. Praise to the Lord.


Author: Cassie

Follower of Jesus, wife and mom to the most wonderful family I could ever ask for.

2 thoughts on “Some Thoughts About Beauty and Suffering in the World and Our Response

  1. I have thought about this topic a great deal. I have come to the conclusion that God allows a certain amount of suffering, though at the same time He is at work delivering you from it. He uses it almost as a blessing to draw you close to Him in a special way. Its like you were chosen for it. He also reveals His power this way. Then there are our daily crosses, like putting up with people, that truly can lead to holiness if we learn to overcome them with His grace. This is truly dying to self. God showed me how important this is recently. The bottom line seems to be that suffering, trials, and daily crosses are a path to holiness, greater love, and a share in His divine power.

    • I believe this to be the case also–you put it so well. A friend and I were just discussing this very thing today. As Christians we are given things to obey but sometimes our biochemistry makes it difficult–however, the Lord sanctifies us through the struggle and we learn how to overcome despite our struggles. I am so thankful for all the things I have gone through.

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