What is the purpose of suffering? How does God use suffering in a Christian's life? "But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed.Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect," (1 Peter 3:14-15).

Steve Discher attempts formulate a framework for suffering and how it points to Christ.