The fifth specific cause for suffering is to test our faith. I Peter states that suffering is an opportunity to show our faith to be genuine. Peter describes it as a fire that allows our faith to be purified (1:7). James tells us that we should “count it all joy” when we face suffering because it is a testing which produces positive results. Paul would say these results include a great hope (Romans 5:3-5)
The sixth specific cause is our choice to follow Jesus. Paul’s letters, Acts, the books of Hebrews, I Peter, and the Revelation, all address the special suffering facing the community of Christ. When one investigates I Peter we realize Christians are called to “do good and suffer” (I Peter 2:20, 21). This fits with the warning of Jesus that His disciples would be hated by the world because He was hated by the world (John 15:18). The Christian will face suffering in this world because our standards are so much different from the world.