As a person suffers,
As a person suffers, he or she can know a piece of what Christ endured for them and love Christ more as a result.
Suffering provides a unique opportunity for a person to become aware of how they are finding joy in life through circumstances and created things rather than through fellowship with God.
I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
Philippians 4:11-13 – New International Version (NIV)