If we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; and if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which you experience when you patiently endure the same sufferings that we suffer.

  • 2CO 1:6 ESV

Those of us who have ended up in relatively liberal countries where there is freedom of religion can't say much about suffering or paying a price for being a Christian. When we hear stories of old from the Bible or about how Christians living in countries that are Muslim majority are doing, we don't really feel like we have the right to call our own challenges as Christians serious.

However, there is a principles here that Paul uses in the above verses. While the people in Corinth were doing relatively okay, Paul and the others were not. But the very fact that Paul was persevering gave comfort and courage to the Corinthians in their own struggles.

When we see the suffering or other Christians, we shouldn't feel like it negates our own problems. Rather, it is there so that we can be comforted in their perseverance and to enable us to overcome. And if our problems can be overcome, we can reach out and help with their suffering to.