",,,we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope." Romans 5:3-4 (NIV)
You can always identify the spiritual maturity associated with surrender to suffering. It never has much to say to its own goodness, but much to say to the goodness and Grace of The Lord. Suffering has that effect on the spirit and soul of a person. Suffering brings brokenness, and brokenness magnifies our need for, and hope in the greatness of God.
Let us not despise suffering. But let us carefully, continuously, diligently examine ourselves for any hint of superiority flowing from our hearts, actions, or attitudes. Without Character, our hope is misdirected.
~Pouring my life out in worship, like Costly Oil~