Offering suffering

I was speaking to a friend who suffers enormously, she has all kinds of physical suffering as well as having suffered a great deal emotionally and psychologically, and somebody had told her to offer up her suffering. What exactly do we mean when we say about offering up suffering?

THe basic idea is to ask God to bring good out of one’s suffering, in essence by saying, “God, please use this suffering to bring about good. If how I handle this suffering pleases you then please bless me, either directly or by granting my prayer request for others.”

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