Bradley Jersak writes, in a book I’m reading:
I think we can honestly say to those in affliction:
- Yes, you are suffering. There’s no denying your affliction.
- Jesus sees your suffering and cares about your suffering.
- Jesus knows your suffering intimately and experientially, because He too suffered but also because He dwells in you.
- Jesus suffered too; He completely identifies with your pain.
- Jesus is here with you now. He co-suffers with you here, even if it feels like He is absent.
- His co-suffering love does not mean He’s in the same helpless state of suffering or despair that you are in.
- Co-suffering means He wants to graft your pain to the resources of His divine love.
- You can welcome His self-giving love to transform your pain and bring redemption, even in the dark night of absence and affliction. Let’s meet Him at the Cross.
Bradley Jersak, A More Christlike God, 2015