It’s difficult to correlate suffering with perfecting while we’re in the middle of enduring pain, bearing loss, and/or experiencing illness. But Jesus is our shining example of how suffering brings about perfection. For it was through Christ – our Savior -and His sufferings, that our atonement and salvation was achieved, once for all. He suffered first for us, while we were yet sinners and far from Him, that we may be set free from sin and guilt and have eternal life. Jesus suffered first for us to make the path of our personal suffering endurable…for we are now suffering for His sake and because of that, not only sharing in His sufferings, but coming out the other side refined as if gold.