Recycle Your Sufferings–Others Can Use Them


RECYCLE YOUR SUFFERINGS-OTHERS CAN USE THEM 1 DVD. You may have been called several names in your life, but you’ve probably never been called “a redeemer with a small ‘r”-an epithet coined by the late renowned TV preacher, Archbishop Fulton J Sheen. If you’re not yet such a “redeemer” you can easily become one, and thus become a vehicle of God in the salvation and sanctification of others-including your own loved ones. You can do this not merely by your suffering, but by suffering redemptively. Everyone suffers, but very few do so redemptively. The Bible says clearly that Jesus in the only Redeemer of human beings. Peter declared, “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). Yet this same Peter showed how we can participate in that divine act of redemption-providing salvation for others instrumentally, extrinsically and participatively. “Rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.” (1 Pet.4:13). We can say that a brush paints a picture, but not in the way that we speak of the artist painting the picture. We can all be “redeemers” by Christ-linked suffering, but not in the divine way that Jesus was a Redeemer by his sufferings. Most human suffering–the world is drowning in it-is wasted suffering. Why? Because it is not used redemptively, as Scripture urges. Only by suffering “redemptively” can we “make up for what is lacking in the suffer- ings of Christ” (Col. 1:24), providing channels of saving graces from Jesus’ own suffering, and directing them to the welfare of all-especially our family members, for “charity begins at home.” In your love-garnished pain, “You will be saved-you and your household” (Acts 16:31). The “how” of all this is explained in this teaching.

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