All the lives of these married saints so far in the book I mentioned have all been so sad stories, could almost make a horror film some of them.
So much sadness, torture and being killed.
What about happiness in life, enjoying life?
I know I'm probably not looking at this the right way.
The introduction of the book was beautiful, but the actual lives of the saints, may because the writing of their lives is so brief doesn't help, but it's just so sad and horrid in parts, and just think why? It's terrible, why these terrible things have to happen to these faithful of God and to their families even.
God allows people to suffer trials and tribulations, either to help them to fight against and be cleansed of sin, or to give them crowns and extra happiness in the next life.
All we have to do is look at the stories in the OT to see how whenever things were going well for the people they would abandon God, but when things went wrong, they would remember Him and ask for His mercy. But the case of the saints is a little different, they don't suffer because they are doing wrong, but because Christ has honored them to show in their own lives the power of His resurrection and the new life we have in him, in very real terms.
St Paul says, (Romans 8)
"18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. ... The Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness....28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. 29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. ...35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written:
“For Your sake we are killed all day long;
We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.”[c]
37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.
When we start to see the power of the resurrection at work, then we start to realize how God has taken what in human terms looks to be a horror story and turned it into a hymn of glory.
Edited by Anna Stickles, 12 February 2015 - 01:17 AM.