I heard a good quote today from my friend and boss, Bob Heppe:
“Suffering is for propagation not propitiation.”
Suffering is for
1. Multiplication or increase, as by natural reproduction.
2. The process of spreading to a larger area or greater number; dissemination.
1. the act of propitiating; conciliation: the propitiation of the wrathful gods.
2. to gain or regain the favor or goodwill of : appease
2 Corinthians 1: 5-6 puts it this way:
5 For as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too.
6 If we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; and if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which you experience when you patiently endure the same sufferings that we suffer. (ESV)