This is a special article on suffering, which is really pointing you to another site, where you can learn from one of the great counselors of our day: Paul David Tripp. He wrote an entire book on suffering, appropriately called Suffering. In this article, Tripp explains four traps to avoid when suffering. It was originally published on Crossway’s blog.
I’m generally not a fan of open letters. If someone has something to say, just say it to the person you really want to say it to, and leave the rest of us out of it. However, I happened across an open letter than caught my interest and I read it. As I was scrolling through the many blogs I’m subscribed to, I found another one that “spoke to me.” I read it too. That put me on a mission. Here you go: Open Letters worthy of your read (or at least, my read).
Lewis Allen offers an open letter to preachers. He makes a great point (not just for pastors/preachers, but for the church as a whole). Definitely worth the 3 minutes it takes to read.
I am a man who has very few deep friendships. In fact, I have one person that I consider a very close friend. When I came across this, I found that Drew Hunter gave some pretty good advice about cultivating deeper friendships. It is worth the time to read, even if you’re not a man and even if you’re fine without the deep friendships.
Who isn’t frustrated with their sanctification? That’s like saying, who thinks they should pray more? Everyone. David Powlison writes an open letter to those who are frustrated by their sanctification. I wasn’t sure where he was going with this at first, but he concluded it beautifully.
It is no secret that Depression has been ignored far too long in the Christian community. Often it is blamed on sin issues, and that is sometimes the issue, but there are definitely other issues as well. When the Fall occurred, everything fell: both body and soul. That means that just as the body can become worn or weary, so can the mind. Shonna Murray wrote an open letter to those suffering with depression in which she gives some good advice. She is writing as one who has suffered with it herself.
David Powlison also wrote an open letter to the suffering Christian. It is short, but full of truth.