I’m probably going be quoting a lot of Keller’s Walking Through Pain and Suffering in the near future. In turn, you’re going to be hearing a lot from Martin Luther because Keller draws from him quite often. This is on suffering like Christ suffered.
“‘Suffering produces growth in us only when we understand Christ’s suffering and work on our behalf. Luther taught, “Christians cannot suffer with Christ’ — that is, they cannot imitate his patience and love under pressure — ‘before they have embraced the full benefits of Christ’s suffering for them’ in their place.”