Life’s SOS – Significance of Suffering

It is human nature to seek peace, love and solitude.  And so, when we experience, as we all do at times, the opposite end of the spectrum of life’s offering; we question, we pain and we suffer.   The unpleasant begs the question, “Why do we suffer?”

As much as happiness is good, suffering is important.  For suffering is the cost of salvation and our attempt to move closer to God.  It is in suffering that we experience, even as a fraction, what Jesus experienced in his sacrifice to us in His role as Redeemer.  It is a deeply bonding experience that humbles us, focuses our energy and reminds us of the immense Love that God has for each of us as well as collectively for humanity.  Love that is critical to not only return to God, but equally important, to each other.

I classify suffering into two categories or causes; one being acquired as a result of our choices and two, being inherent as a result of a physical or hereditary condition that is involuntary.

Suffering elevates our spirit and likewise, brings us closer to God.  It serves to create and maintain awareness of our purpose in this life and of the harsh reality of all that is good, bad and inexplicable in this world.  Acquired suffering reminds us that there are indeed consequences for our actions in life and most importantly, that we have the power of free will and choice in every thought, act, behavior we exhibit and breath we take.

In that light, suffering is a form of repentance and as such, is an inevitable fact of life that reflects our status as imperfect beings.  It is also the surest path toward redemption and salvation in each of our “personal eternities.”  Notably, suffering acts as a beacon of example to and for others and conducts compassion as powerfully as metal conducts electricity.

Compassion for others leads to the awareness and perspective of the essential and worthy aspects of life:

  • God is the center of the Universe
  • People are the most important thing on earth
  • Caring is the most important sentiment and behavior
  • Loving is the noblest and most valuable of pursuits

Inasmuch as suffering holds us captive and bounds us by its presence, forgiveness releases the control of suffering, frees us from its confinement and illuminates the path toward God.  It can be equally as difficult to experience forgiveness as it is to accept suffering.

As the aged axiom indicates, “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.”  Let us be flattered and rejoice in our suffering in this life.

[This posting is dedicated to my mom, Agnes R Cerkas, who passed away one year ago today, September 10, 2011.  May her light shine brightly in heaven and illuminate my path on earth.  I love you mom.]


About MW Cerkas

Compassion for People, Passion for Writing, Living my Conscience; "Look for the Good, Always" Positive, Creative, Seasoned Writer, Leader, Marketer, Authentic Spirit, Entrepreneur. Continuously seeking the GOOD in others and how to HELP them. Paying it Forward, Preparing for Eternity. Be well!

Posted on September 10, 2012, in Personal Growth, Philosophy, Truths, Videos and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Mike,
    This post was awesome! People need to be thanking God when things don’t go their way. He rules and you become strengthened through trials and tribulations. Thank You Jesus for showing us how much you love us! Nephew


  2. I once asked out loud “Do we have to suffer?” The answer immediately dropped into my mind: “Only until you wake up.” Blessings from Lizzie Joy


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