“Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered.” (Hebrews 5:8)
Even the sinless Son of God went through the experience of learning obedience through suffering.
The result for us was more than the Savior who offers the free and full forgiveness of our sins and a right relationship with God. Jesus’ journey in obedience also certified his amazing empathy with our weaknesses. His empathy gives us great confidence to access the very throne of God for mercy and grace.
“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” (Hebrews 4:15-16)
We all must learn the same obedience to God that produces empathy, grace and mercy for the weaknesses of others. Teach your children not to begrudge the suffering through which we learn to obey God and gain Christ-like empathy for others.