suffering sucks . . . or does it?

Wrestling with this quote i stumbled upon,

"What if Jesus is taking us to the dump, but people do not want to go there?  We need to ask ourselves that question.  And I think that some teaching has to be done.  We need to understand the virtue of suffering.  Suffering, in the real sense, is the removing of instant gratification and replacing it with a promise for the future.  Discipline is not giving people what they want right now–that will destroy them.  Discipline is to delay the self-gratification in relationship to the future of life.  As there is virtue in delaying, so there's virtue in suffering.  This is a lost art in our society." [Perkins, Johhn M., Follow Me To Freedom, pg. 108]


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