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.
I'm sure I've posted this scripture before, as it's one of my favorites. I quoted it today to offer hope to a friend. It can be so tough to suffer through any kind of trial, from illness to persecution and everything in between, but we always have hope in the Lord and know that He will love and support us through anything. In spite of these difficulties, we learn from them, like it or not, and it will someday, in some way, improve our lives. He gives us hope of a better tomorrow.... a new day.... a new beginning.