“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all consolation, who consoles us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to console those who are in any affliction with the consolation with which we ourselves are consoled by God.”
2 Corinthians 1:3-4
The late 19th century Scottish writer and pastor George MacDonald wrote,
The Son of God suffered unto death, not that men might not suffer, but that their sufferings might become like his.
The teaching of suffering in Scripture emphasizes that our suffering helps us become more compassionate toward the suffering of others, just as Jesus responded with compassion to those who suffered.
God, where am I hurting? How does meditating on Christ’s suffering help transform that pain to become like his? Help me to see what you’re working right now in my life.