No suffering feels good nor is it, in itself, good. But God has a way of transforming what feels, or is intended to be, bad. God is never far from His people who suffer. Suffering should never be though of as sent from God, but the Lord can touch our hearts and lives in painful times, offering healing, hope, and even transformation.
What do we do when we experience suffering? Never deny nor minimize its pain. Naming and acknowledging it can help you identify and overcome it. We should never wallow in it. If you are suffering in any way, let others reach out to you, even if you feel like pushing them away. Your own experience with suffering can ultimately help you reach out in love and care for others.
One aspect of Jesus’ suffering was not so he’d appear stronger than everyone, but that he’d be known as a wounded Savior who’d experienced even more than we suffer. Turning to the Lord can begin healing, even as your body or soul still hurts. Through this you become capable of knowledgeable and serving others in their pain. Paul says “We rejoice in our suffering” not because it is a good thing itself, but because it leads to good.
Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. Romans 5:3