Suffering is THIS Not That

I heard a good quote today from my friend and boss, Bob Heppe:

“Suffering is for propagation not propitiation.”

Suffering is for
prop·a·ga·tion [prä-pə-ˈgā-shən]
1. Multiplication or increase, as by natural reproduction.
2. The process of spreading to a larger area or greater number; dissemination.

not
pro·pi·ti·a·tion [pruh-pish-ee-ey-shuhn]
1. the act of propitiating;  conciliation: the propitiation of the wrathful gods.
2. to gain or regain the favor or goodwill of : appease

 

2 Corinthians 1: 5-6 puts it this way:

For as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too. 

If we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; and if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which you experience when you patiently endure the same sufferings that we suffer.  (ESV)

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Chris Hatch

Seeking to love God and neighbor

2 thoughts on “Suffering is THIS Not That”

  1. Very well said. Great point we all need to put more focus on. I especially love your analogy between the goblet and the coffee mug! dad

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