“This is my comfort in my affliction: for thy word hath quickened me.” (Psalm 119:50)
Affliction is a necessary component to the life in Christ.
Without affliction, we go astray. Without affliction we “go to seed” as they say.
No one truly seeks pain or suffering. But it is an inescapable process that we must endure in order for the Lord to make us what we should be.
This is how He prepares us for the joys of eternity with Him.