the redemptive nature of suffering has recently been on my mind a lot. suffering – as a means to know God more, have deeper fellowship with Him (Philippians 3:10) and its redemptive nature as the Son of God was perfected through suffering (Hebrews 2:10).
in rev 5:9-10 it states:
9 And they sang a new song, saying:
“You are worthy to take the scroll
and to open its seals,
because you were slain,
and with your blood you purchased for God
persons from every tribe and language and people and nation.
10 You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God,
and they will reign[b] on the earth.”
by the suffering and death of Christ he was able to save many. he paid the price for our sins by his own suffering and death. without that suffering and death we would be doomed to eternal suffering and death. he took it on so we wouldnt have to…to save us and also to understand us.
maybe this explains the purpose of godly suffering for us as christians…we can help others and bear some of their suffering, we can connect with those who are also suffering, but most of all it can point us to how much God loves us that He was willing to suffer to be with us…to make a way so that He could be with us forever.