Whatever makes us forget ourselves and think of others lifts us upward. This is one reason that God permits suffering. We would never know the best and richest of human love if there were no pain, no distress, no appeal of grief or of need. The best and holiest of mother-love would never be brought out if the child never suffered. The same is true of God's love. God would have loved his children unfallen just as much as he loves them fallen, but the world would never have known so much of God's love had not man fallen. Our sore need called out all that was richest, holiest, and divinest in our Father's heart. If no night came we should never know there are stars. Darkness is a revealer.
Psalms 23:4: Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. (KJV)
John 15:13: Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. (KJV)
1 Corinthians 10:24: Let no man seek his own, but every man another's wealth. (KJV)