“Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.”

Romans 5:3-5 NIV

“I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.”

Romans 8:18 NIV

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”

James 1:2, 4 NIV

““I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.””

John 16:33 NIV

Lord, I am grateful for Christ’s suffering and overcoming it. You give me the long view that makes temporary suffering bearable. You give me the benefits of suffering – not just the bad (transformation, deep love, perseverance, hope, Your character, true peace, unshakeable faith, real joy, etc.). And You bring me way closer to You.

I’m also grateful that You give me the strength and tools to undergo suffering. I’ve benefited so much from immersing in Your Word daily; my idealistic, positive outlook; and my past experiences.

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