"..suffering, if we respond to it appropriately,
has a maturing effect in us.
But suffering in and of itself is no guarantee
that we will grow spiritually.
Some people are embittered by what they suffer.
The key is responding to whatever life brings our way
in a godly fashion, by His grace.
In this way our circumstances will enable us to grow closer to Him
rather than drive a wedge between us and Him.
Those who are called upon to suffer should see
that not as God kicking them, but as God honoring them.
...those whom God calls to suffer I see that
as an honor to His most trusted servants.
They are the ones He can trust with that,
whereas some of the weaker ones of us
may not be able to fare as well under those circumstances.
I do think there is deep meaning in suffering
—we comfort others with the comfort
with which we have been comforted.
We can help other people when we have been through things."
-- Dr. V.Phillip Long