God has done all things for our benefit

“God has done all things for our benefit. We are guarded and taught by the angels; we are tempted by the demons so that we may be humbled and have recourse to God, thus being saved from self-elation and delivered from negligence . . . Thus God in His unutterable goodness has arranged all things in a marvellous way for us; and if you want to understand this and to be as you should, you must struggle to acquire the virtues, to be able to accept with gratitude everything that comes, whether it is good or whether it appears to be bad, and to remain undisturbed in all things.”
St. Peter of Damascus, The Philokalia, Vol. 1

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Sticks and Stones pt.3

An Elder said: “If we are children of the Holy Apostles -as the Apostle Paul proclaims and tells us: ‘For in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the Gospel'(1Cor. 4:15) – then we are obligated, as children, to imitate our parents. And just as the Apostles experienced joy when they were beaten and remained unperturbed when they were slandered (since it was said by Gentile and Jew, alike, that they were turning the world upside down with their magic and potions), so should we also feel in similar circumstances. The APostles, in all of these and like things, not only were not grieved but, on the contrary, we taken away with joy. So it is that they said with satisfaction: ‘Being reviled, we bless…being defamed, we entreat’ (1Cor. 4:12-13), and other things. And this was all written that we might also imitate them. Therefore, when we suffer such things and hear bitter words, we should be joyful, as though we have gained a treasure, and share in the trials and tribulations of the Holy Apostles and Matryrs; and we should await yet greater things, showing that we are their true kinsman and gaining even more notably by becoming partakers of the unending glory of the heavens.” ~The Evergetinos, Book two

I simply cannot add to that.

Fr. Photios