Suffering as a Gift

Others have made the same strange discovery, that suffering is a gift to be embraced.  Alexander Solzhenitsyn spoke of his time in prison, with all its pain as gift.  “It was only when I lay there on rotting prison straw that I sensed within myself the first stirrings of good.  Gradually, it was disclosed to me that the line separating good and evil passes, not through states, nor between classes, nor between political parties either, but right through every human heart — and through all human hearts . . . .  Bless you, prison, for having been in my life.” Solzhenitsyn agrees with the apostle Paul that suffering is — or can  be — a gift not just for apostles, but for every Christian.

Quoted from John Piper’s Desiring God, chapter 10 on suffering. You can read the book here.

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