Suffering exists because sin exists. The center of the problem is alienation from God. If sin had not entered into our lives, coming between us and God, we would not know suffering.
Through willful disobedience to God, humanity ruined the perfect world He had created. In the midst of our sufferings, we can see God, who gives us hope and solutions through Christ’s suffering on the cross.
Jesus, who suffered both physically and spiritually, provides forgiveness of sins and answers to our problems. Christ offers peace of mind, comfort in sorrow, and healing of the wounds suffering has caused.
Christ suffered before entering His glory
Didn’t the Christ have to suffer these things and to enter into his glory?
Whenever I am suffering, the Lord rescues me
Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD delivers him out of them all.
My present suffering will produce eternal glory
For our light affliction, which is for the moment, works for us more and more exceedingly an eternal weight of glory.
When I go through various sufferings, God will be with me and protect me
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you, and through the rivers, they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned, and flame will not scorch you.
I can gladly suffer for others, for it connects me to Christ’s suffering
Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and fill up on my part that which is lacking of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body’s sake, which is the assembly.
Jesus, a man of suffering, suffered and was rejected for my sake
He was despised and rejected by men, a man of suffering and acquainted with disease. He was despised as one from whom men hide their face; and we didn’t respect him.
After I have suffered a little while, God will restore and strengthen me
But may the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a little while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.
Jesus’ cry on the cross may be mine when I am suffering for Him
My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from helping me, and from the words of my groaning?
I rejoice in my sufferings, for I know they help me to develop perseverance
Not only this, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces perseverance.
Jesus endured my punishment from God
Surely he has borne our sickness, and carried our suffering; yet we considered him plagued, struck by God, and afflicted.