Handed Over to Satan
To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.
- 1 Corinthians 5:5 (KJV)
This happened to me, and I find this a very difficult part of my relationship with God, but now that I've had more time to think about it, I must say that it was just, and an incredibly harsh lesson. (satan thoroughly destroyed a large part of my life, that took me years to figure out)
God disciplines His Children:
My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?
- Hebrews 12:5-7 (KJV)
If we're disciplined, that means that God loves us. We're His children.
God will sometimes also test you, and teach you the fear of God:
Moses said to the people, "Do not be afraid. God has come to test you, so that the fear of God will be with you to keep you from sinning.
- Exodus 20:20 (KJV)
Or sometimes He will let you suffer for a little while:
So they went on their way from the presence of the Council, rejoicing that they had been considered worthy to suffer shame for His name. And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.
- Acts 5:41-42 (KJV)
And there are trials to strengthen you:
My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
- James 1:2-4 (KJV)
These are all necessary steps to gain access to God's Kingdom. Remember, God has an unbelievable gift ready for you, but sometimes to enter His Kingdom, a few changes are necessary. (And yes, in my case, quite a lot! )
Strengthening the disciples and encouraging them to remain true to the faith. "We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God," they said.
- Acts 14:22 (KJV)
When reading the Bible, it quickly becomes clear that the people in it were put through many trials, tests, suffering, etc. It's just how God works to achieve spiritual growth (faith, hope, love, courage, etc). Ultimately this kind of process results in a much closer relationship with God, as God is always alongside of you, waiting for your prayers.
Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.
- James 5:11 (KJV)
God will never ask you to do more than you can handle (nor less, for that matter).
God's Faithfulness, His Love and Commitment to us is evident in the Bible, but remember that God's Ways are not our ways. Trust in God though, because in the end all will become clear.
I've learned over the years that God loves us beyond understanding, and that He keeps His promises:
Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you." So we say with confidence, "The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?
- Hebrews 13:5-6 (KJV)