Once we see that Jesus Christ, our leader, triumphed through suffering, it is no longer so difficult to understand why we sometimes suffer for doing good. We follow him. We walk the path he walked. We should expect to experience what he experienced.
But there is even more. Not only do believers follow him, we are also spiritually united to him in his death and resurrection. Because of this, we have the great confidence that we will participate with him in his triumph. Suffering for his sake is only a means to blessing.
O Come, All Ye Faithful (#88)
Angels We Have Heard on High (#89)
Hark! the Herald Angels Sing (#90)
Once in Royal David's City (#91)
Joy to the World! (#92)
Who Is He in Yonder Stall (#120)
Blessing through Suffering (Part 2) - 1 Peter 3:18-22