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Does suffering do any good?

Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. Romans 5:3-5
            While suffering causes pain, it can produce some good character traits in people.  Suffering can lead to perseverance/endurance.  It can develop a stronger character in someone, more maturity and stability.  Suffering helps someone witness life from the bottom looking up, eventually overcoming the obstacles and realizing time and effort get people back on their feet.
            Without suffering, life would operate on cruise control and become boring, our spirits complacent.  We need suffering to wake us up to our need for God and our need for a better character.