Romans 5:4: Suffering produces perseverance; perseverance character; and character hope.
Suffering is indeed a gift. We should welcome it each and every day. There is no reason to run or hide. Being grateful should be the first thing that comes to mind when suffering is present. But then comes perseverance and you can get through anything. You can keep going even when things get extremely difficult. And that keep going attitude is what builds one’s character. Eventually it is your character that breeds hope. All of this is what makes our LIFE. Again, our lives are determined by our suffering. Adversity builds us, even though most people think that it tears us down. We must push forward and be welcoming of such an opportunity.