The Same Sufferings

Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls about like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. But resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world. (1 Peter 5:8-9)
This verse shows us that Satan is quite particularly interested in those who share the sufferings of Christ with all their brothers in the world. What are these sufferings and who are these brothers?
For it was fitting to him, for whom are all things, and through whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to perfect the author of their salvation through sufferings. For both he who sanctifies and those who are sanctified are all from one Father, for which reason he is not ashamed to call them brethren. (Hebrews 2:10-11)
And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to his purpose. For whom he foreknew, he also predestined to become conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the first-born among many brethren. (Romains 8:28-29)
The sufferings of Christ are sufferings that result in obedience to the Word of God. Although he was a son of God, Jesus learned obedience from the things which He suffered. Thus, He became for all those who obey Him the author of an eternal salvation. (cf. Hebrew 5:8-9) He left an example for us to follow in His steps. (1. Peter 2:21) There is no obedience without suffering. The extent of our salvation and of our transformation depends on how we obey. By obeying God rather than the men, we share Christ's sufferings to the point that He is not ashamed to call us brethren.
Those who do not learn to obey and love as Christ do not participate in the “same sufferings” as Jesus. Of course, they also have sufferings, but theirs result from the fact that they sin. They suffer harm, are misunderstood and do not obtain what they want. They covet, but their desires remain unsatisfied, they are jealous and envious, and yet they get nothing. (Cf. James 4:2) They would like to be something when they are nothing.
Jesus Christ suffered because he did not do evil for evil, never took revenge, did not impose his own will, did not succumb into temptation, in brief: he loved instead of sinning. His brothers throughout the world are living with the same understanding. They renounce their own will, do not follow the thoughts of the flesh nor desire anything that belongs to their neighbor. As their first-born brother, Jesus Christ, they live “in” faith and “by” faith. Like Him, their cross every day and say, “Here I am to do, O God, thy will.”
The devil appeals to reason. As a lion, he prowls around those who suffer and roars, “Give up! Give up! You are neither Jesus Christ nor a hero! For you such a life is impossible!” You should never listen to such injunctions but resist them with that faith which is “the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen”. (Hebrews 11:1) However, is there not a risk of making a mistake? Only for those who do not participate in the same suffering such as Christ!
By no means let any of you suffer as a murderer [he who hates his brother is a murderer], or thief, or evildoer, or a troublesome meddler; but if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not feel ashamed, but in that name let him glorify God. (1 Peter 4:15-16)
God disciplines us for our good, that we may share His holiness. (Hebrews 12:5)
Sufferings are a reaction of the flesh caused by the work that God does in the soul. By subjecting us simply under His mighty hand, we allow God to work in the best way to raise us at the proper time (Cf. 1 Peter 5:5-6) So we need to stay sober in the middle of trials and sufferings and not to impute them to external circumstances. Those who believe that their sufferings are different from those imposed on other brothers did not give up everything: They suffer because they still love the world and the things of this world.
But when we suffer by doing God's will: by loving rather than sin, (1 Peter 4:1-2) then we know that we are never alone: all our brothers throughout the world are suffering for the same reasons. Courage! Let us become stronger with this humble thought: “I am never alone! No, never alone!” Yes, let us trust God who gives grace to the humble, help, strengthens and makes us more than conquerors!
Job who had learnt to put all his confidence in God and to keep faith in the midst of trials fell to the ground and worshiped God, saying:
The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord. (Job 1:21)
Faced with such an understanding, Satan was disarmed and was not able to affect the life of Job. God on the other hand could work with him in a way that Job humbled himself even more at the end of his trials. Despite all, Job had put his confidence in God. His life shows forever the extraordinary power of transformation that lies in all trials and sufferings. It was the same with Jesus:
He emptied himself, taking the form of a bondservant, and being made in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore, also God highly exalted him, and bestowed on him the name which is above every name. (Philippians 2:7-9)
The sufferings allow knowing us better (this is an awkward phrase); they place us in the position that suits any man: humility. The humble have no problems; God transforms them so that they serve to the praise of His glory. (Ephesians 1:12) Therefore, it is not surprising that their enemy, the devil, seeks to devour them. That is why, it is necessary to be sober in the way of considering trials and tests in order not to fall into disbelief. By subjecting us in all things to God, we make the devil run away far from us! What a happiness to live far away from that enemy of souls!
Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life. (Revelation 2:10)