Suffering Christians Encouragement for those who are hurting


Psalm 73:26

My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart
and my portion forever. (NRSV)

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Translation of Nahum 1:7

A diversion from the normal subject matter:

I asked one of the people at Better Bibles Blog to look into Nahum 1:7 because of a difference I noticed in the last part of the verse between translations. I was thrilled to find out they looked into it.

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Nahum 1:7

The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him

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Revelation 2:9

I know your afflictions and your poverty--yet you are rich!

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Lamentations 3:22-24

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. "The Lord is my portion," says my soul, "therefore I will hope in him."

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Psalm 27:5, Psalm 31:7

Psalm 27:5
"In the day of trouble He will hide me in His shelter; in the secret place of His tent will He hide me; He will set me high upon a rock."

Psalm 31:7
"I am overcome with joy because of God's unfailing love, for He has seen my troubles, and He cares about the anguish of my soul".

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John 10:10

John 10:10
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I have come that they may have life. And have it to the full.

Can we be afflicted and suffer and have a full life? I think we can. It may be a matter of degree. Or it may be purely a spiritual matter. Some people may seem to have a fuller life but is it because of being more comfortable with material things? Or being more successful in worldly terms?

Those who suffer may have more of an opportunity to live a fuller life spiritually.

And if we think aren't living a full life, as I often do, think of what it would be comparatively if we didn't have a life hidden in Christ.

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2 Timothy 2:3

Share in suffering like a good soldier of Christ Jesus.

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Psalms by category according to the book How To Read the Bible For All Its Worth.

Book 1: Ps. 1-41; Book 2: Ps. 42-72; Book 3: Ps. 73-89; Book 4: Ps. 90-106; Book 5: Ps. 107-150


  • Individual-3; 22; 31; 39; 42; 57; 71; 88; 120; 139; 142
  • Corporate-12;44;80;94;137


  • Community-65; 67; 75; 107; 124; 136
  • Individual-18; 30; 32; 34; 40; 66; 92; 116; 118; 138

God as:

  • Creator-8; 19; 104; 148
  • Protector and benefactor of Israel-66; 100; 111; 114; 149
  • Lord of history-33; 103; 113; 117; 145-147

Celebration and Affirmation

  • 2; 18; 20; 21; 24; 29; 45; 46; 47; 48; 50; 72; 76; 81; 84; 87; 89; 93; 95-99; 101; 110; 122; 132; 144


  • 36; 37; 49; 73; 112; 127; 128; 133


  • 11; 16; 23; 27; 62; 63; 91; 121; 125; 131

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1 Peter 1:3-7

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!
By his great mercy he has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
4and into an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you,
5who are being protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
6In this you rejoice, even if now for a little while you have had to suffer various trials,
7so that the genuineness of your faith-being more precious than gold that, though perishable, is tested by fire-may be found to result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.

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