Compared to the weight of glory, the afflictions we bear now are said to be light, fleeting, bearable.
The Holy Spirit within us is the guarantee that “what is mortal may be swallowed up by life.” (2 Corinthians 5: 4) Presently “we groan, longing to put on our heavenly dwelling.” (2 Corinthians 5: 2) We long for our better country.
“From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh.” (2 Corinthians 5: 16) Instead, we see each other as new creations in Christ, born again of the Spirit of Christ, who died for us. Compared to His sufferings, our afflictions are truly inconsequential.
“As servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: by great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities.” (2 Corinthians 6: 4) We also commend ourselves “by the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness.” (2 Corinthians 6: 7)
We are being prepared for the eternal weight of His glory.