10 – God’s Word and Afflictions

How can our suffering benefit others?

Afflictions benefit us personally when they correct us or keep us from straying, and when they are for our growth in the word and way of God. The tenth stanza of Psalm 119 focuses on how our sufferings can benefit or others around us. Our suffering cannot atone for sin, whether our sins or the sins of others. Our suffering can benefit others by encouraging our fellow Christians and furthering the Gospel to the lost.


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