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Nobody likes problems and afflictions, but did you know there is a different way to see them? Yes, seeing the good side of these difficulties and learning from them.

“Before I was afflicted I went astray, But now I keep Your word. It is good for me that I have been afflicted, That I may learn Your statutes.” Psalm 119:67, 71

Afflictions corrects and teaches. That’s when the afflicted are wise to learn from it instead of just complaining.

The Lord Jesus assured us that we would have afflictions. It is necessary to understand that every problem is bad and good simultaneously because it brings some teaching. Most inventions were created to solve problems, such as medicines, which exist because someone sought a cure for a disease. First, there was the disease, then the medicine.

The person often lives in error, so affliction comes, and they learn the result of that; it is a natural law of life. The problem is that people are not wise enough to learn from their mistakes.

Many people continue to live wrongly even after being afflicted. But the wise man takes advantage of afflictions to learn.

Therefore, David concludes by saying, “It is good for me that I have been afflicted”: it was good for the wise man because he learnt. There was a benefit that will continue for the rest of your life. On the other hand, fools worry about other things instead of paying attention to what life teaches them.

So ask yourself: “What is this affliction teaching me?” If necessary, say a sincere prayer, asking for forgiveness for the mistake, and help not to make mistakes anymore.

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Bishop Renato Cardoso