Paul encouraged them to be immitators of "us". Instructing new Christians to remain faithful through the suffering. The world sees suffering as sin. God sees pain and suffering as a part of His plan. Suffering reveals what we truly believe about God. Suffering reveals the level of your maturity in the faith. Suffering shows the world who the true Christians are. Proclaim the goodness of God in the midst of suffering. People are watching you! Jesus did defeat death. Jesus will save you. Jesus will return from heaven for you!