First Corinthians 1:4 says “Love suffers long” since God is love He suffered for us. But in His sufferings many good things came into being. Reading the book of Hebrews offers a glimpse of the manifold benefits of suffering.
Hebrews 2:10 “For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.” By His sufferings we are granted salvation of our souls. Our bondage to sin is broken. We are captives set free by His sacrifice.
Hebrews 2:18 “For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted.” Through the suffering Jesus endured, He is able to comfort us in our suffering. He knows what it’s like, for He suffered terribly. When we suffer, our minds go to His suffering, knowing we have not suffered nearly as dearly as He has.
Hebrews 5:8 “though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered.” Through His suffering He learned obedience. This was the example for us to follow. In our sufferings we, too, learn obedience to Him and we begin understand the God who saved us.
Hebrews 9:26 “He then would have had to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now, once at the end of the ages, He has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself.” Our sin is dealt with once and for all. No more sacrificial offerings are required. Jesus’ sacrifice is enough. Our debt is paid.
So you see, good really can come from suffering. Next time you are suffering, think about what Jesus suffered and ask God to show you what you are to learn through it.
Lord Jesus, thank you for your suffering. You know what it is like to suffer. Help us to see our suffering through your eyes of love. In your name we pray. Amen.
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