As these saints have testified, suffering is the necessary prerequisite to growing in holiness. It is through our suffering that our character and faith are strengthened, the way a muscle grows stronger with more strain. It is through our suffering that we become spiritually helpless--more beautifully dependent--on God. It is through our suffering that we finally stop trying to hold ourselves together and allow God to do it the way he always wanted to. It is through our suffering that our walls come down, finally leaving us vulnerable to receive his love more fully. It is through our suffering that we learn who we really are and what our purpose is.
So if you are going through a rough patch, take courage: This will not be your forever. A beautiful Spring always emerges after a harsh Winter. Until then, remember that it is through your suffering that you are blessed.
Romans 5:3-5 // 1 Peter 4:12-19
// James 1:2-4 // 1 Peter:5-10