Recently, I came across a line which the Apostle Paul wrote in his letter to the church at Philippi: "I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised him from the dead. I want to suffer with him, sharing in his death, so that one way or another I will experience the resurrection from the dead!" (Philippians 3:10 emphasis mine)
What the heck?
Why would Paul say he wants to suffer with Jesus?
I love Jesus. I would prefer to love Jesus without great pain or suffering or loss, if given the choice.
All of this leads me to ask a question: Is there a redemptive value in suffering?