3 Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope.
This verse appears in the larger context of the benefits of justification or What are the benefits of having a new life as if there was no sin in me? Several benefits are given (Romans 5:1-11) Here in verses 3-4 is one of the benefits, we get to suffer. To be clear, the suffering described here is the suffering that comes from being a Christian in a world that can be hostile toward Christian faith. We learn how to persevere from suffering because we will never learn how to push back if we are never pushed. Perseverance produces character, in other words someone who has been tested and has passed the test. (You can’t have a passing grade without taking the test) and finally character produces hope. As John Stott writes, “Hope does not disappoint us and never will. It will never prove to be an illusion after all because our hope is in the steadfast love of God” (Ps. Dale).
Thoughts for the day
- What does this passage tell us about God and people?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- What is one way you can apply this truth to your life today?
- Who can you encourage with this story/message?
Pray for the Thailand team at House of Grace!!