Romans 5:4, “(v. 3, Not only so, but we also praise in suffering, knowing that suffering produces perseverance;) and perseverance, character; and character, hope.”
Continuing to draw on the implications of suffering, Paul makes clear the spiritual benefits. So far, this is how it goes:
SUFFERING -> PERSEVERANCE
PERSEVERANCE -> CHARACTER
CHARACTER -> HOPE
To embed this line of thinking in one’s head before entering into a time of tribulation is extremely important. Imagine walking into a war zone without any instruction from your commanding officer. This only creates confusion and it puts your life in grave danger. In the same way, we must know the point of suffering before it’s too late. We must also know that suffering comes. To have a wrong theology of suffering (e.g. to say that God does allow Christians to suffer) could cause us to lose faith. Be strong and think biblically!