Though poor in this world's goods, though grieving the loss of loved ones, though suffering pain of body, though harassed by sin and Satan, though hated and persecuted by worldlings, whatever be the case and lot of the Christian, it is both his privilege and duty to rejoice in the Lord.
- A. W. Pink
The truth that many people never understand, until it is too late, is that the more you try to avoid suffering the more you suffer because smaller and more insignificant things begin to torture you in proportion to your fear of being hurt.
- Thomas Merton
For the believer in Jesus, every trial of suffering is an opportunity to grow in the faith, to grow in our relationship with the Lord, and to see Him work in our lives in a uniquely personal way that demonstrates His compassion, His comfort, His tender mercies, His loving kindnesses, His grace, and His endless love. Only God knows what each of us needs to experience and learn in order to be "conformed to the image of his Son".
- T.A. McMahon
Joy is not necessarily the absence of suffering, it is the presence of God.
- Sam Storms
Those times when you feel like quitting can be times of great opportunity, for God uses your troubles to help you grow.
- Warren Wiersbe
God will not permit any troubles to come upon us, unless He has a specific plan by which great blessing can come out of the difficulty.
- Peter Marshall
You need not cry very loud; he is nearer to us than we think.
- Brother Lawrence
Tears are often the telescope by which men see far into heaven.
- Henry Ward Beecher
No character is ultimately tested until it has suffered.
- Harry Emerson Fosdick
God had one son on earth without sin, but never one without suffering.
They gave our Master a crown of thorns. Why do we hope for a crown of roses?
- Martin Luther
God brings men into deep waters not to drown them, but to cleanse them.
- James H. Aughey
At the timberline where the storms strike with the most fury, the sturdiest trees are found.
- Hudson Taylor
Often, we endure trials seeking God's deliverance from them. Suffering is painful for us to endure or to see those we love endure. While our instinct is to flee trials, remember that even in the midst of suffering, God's will is being done.
- Paul Chappell
When God wants to do an impossible task He takes an impossible man and crushes him.
- Alan Redpath
Many men owe the grandeur of their lives to their tremendous difficulties.
- Charles Spurgeon
'Easy' [His yoke], but only to the loving.
- Assorted Authors
Suffering is the heritage of the bad, of the penitent, and of the Son of God. Each one ends in the cross. The bad thief is crucified, the penitent thief is crucified, and the Son of God is crucified. By these signs we know the widespread heritage of suffering.
- Oswald Chambers
Most of the verses written about praise in God's Word were voiced by people faced with crushing heartaches, injustice, treachery, slander, and scores of other difficult situations.
- Joni Eareckson Tada
Suffering times are sealing times. The primitive Christians found them so, and the suffering saints in Mary's days found them so. When the furnace is seven times hotter than ordinary, the Spirit of the Lord comes and seals up a man's pardon in his bosom, his peace with God, and his title to heaven. Blessed Bradford looked upon his sufferings as an evidence to him that he was on the right way to heaven.
- Thomas Brooks
Part of every misery is, so to speak, the misery's shadow or reflection: the fact that you don't merely suffer but have to keep on thinking about the fact that you suffer. I not only live each endless day in grief, but live each day thinking about living each day in grief.
- C.S. Lewis
Difficulty excites the mind to the dignity which sustains and finally conquers misfortunes, and the ordeal refines while it chastens.
- James H. Aughey
God will mend a broken heart if you give Him all the pieces.
- Assorted Authors