Thursday Thoughts for Parents | "Painful Yet Purposeful"

This post is based on CJ Mahaney's sermon, Painful Yet Purposeful, given on February 26, 2017.


Suffering is a theme that is woven throughout the fabric of Peter’s letter to those under his pastoral care. They were in pain. They were poor, grieving, and exiled from their native land. Ever the pastor, Peter, writes to remind them that their suffering is not in vain; it has a glorious purpose and it has an expiration date! Because of this, even in the midst of suffering, we can rejoice!

Read 1 Peter 1:6-9

In these verses, Peter does not say, “Get over your grief.” Instead he exhorts his readers and us to “grow from our grief.”

  • What kind of growth can we experience from times of grief and pain?
  • Is it possible to experience times of grief and not grow? How?
  • What attitudes of the heart should we cultivate as a family to ensure that we do grow during difficult times?

In verse 7, Peter informs us that when we are experiencing a time of suffering, it is “so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire – may be found to result in praise and glory and honor.” The amazing truth is that God values our faith more than men value gold.

  • How does knowing how much God values our faith help you in times of suffering?
  • How could it change the way our family responds to suffering?

Peter reminds his readers that we can have joy in our suffering because our sufferings are not in vain; they have purpose. They serve to confirm, refine, and strengthen our faith.

  • Share about a time of suffering you have experienced or are experiencing in your life. What did you learn about your faith through it? What did you learn about God?
  • Discuss how you grew by walking through this difficult time.


[post written by Rich Humphrey]