Piper: When you hug those who are suffering, you need a place to stand

Chris —  December 29, 2009

If you aren’t suffering terribly right now, you know someone who is.  John Piper (12/27/09) preached on suffering and Romans 8:15-25 at the Village Church who recently learned that their young senior pastor, Matt Chandler, has a malignant brain tumor.  (See these posts on suffering).

Piper introduced his sermon by stating that the first thing believers should do do with those who are suffering is hug them.  No words.  Just silent hugs.  But, Piper also noted that those who are hugging must have a place to stand.  That is, if we are going to make it through the suffering in this life apart from anger and bitterness, then we must know sound doctrine and how suffering fits with the plan of God.

If you can only listen to a few minutes of this sermon, it will be a wonderful investment of your time.

Listen here.

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One response to Piper: When you hug those who are suffering, you need a place to stand

  1. As a believer that faith alone gives us hope and perserverance will bring us to the eagerly awaited freedom from all the suffering, it is still a tough call not to ask “why” sometimes, but we must stand firm in the faith that all things work together “for good”, for those who love God. My mom questions why old people can’t just die when they get crippled and are in pain. I give her a hug and say… “He’s not finished with you yet”!!