Word of the Day: Affliction

Dec 22, 2021 | Words of Wisdom

AFFLICTION – a cause of persistent pain or distress; great suffering, physical or mental

Affliction is part of living in this world. We will all suffer heartaches, injuries, disappointments, lack, rejection, and sickness. We must remember Paul’s encouragement in 2 Corinthians 4:16–17: “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.”

Scripture: Corinthians 4:8-9

“We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed.”


“Affliction may be lasting, but it is not everlasting. Affliction was a sting, but withal a wing: sorrow shall soon fly away.” 

— Thomas Watson


Scott Slayton of Crosswalk shares his thoughts on when affliction is a gift. Check out his article for valuable insights on this topic.

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