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Suffering: Fruitless or Joyful?

If we reject the cross of Christ, if we refuse to take the risk as loving as Christ loves, we will still eventually end up with what we resisted—suffering. But the suffering that comes from resisting the cross is fruitless, empty, and despairing, while the suffering that comes from embracing the cross leads to the joy of the resurrection, the joy of love and new life.

—from Good News About Sex and Marriage by Christopher West, Ch. 5: “I Do”—ing It – Chastity Within Marriage

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