March 4, 2020
I Can Rejoice in Suffering
Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope.
It may seem strange for someone to rejoice in difficult times, but when you understand that God works through your difficulties to develop your character, you can rejoice knowing God is working it for your good.
No one enjoys difficult times, but they seem to be part of life.
At one time or another, we all experience suffering in some form. Maybe it’s a financial setback, a relationship that falls apart, or a career that somehow went off course. It could be a health issue or even the result of an unfair accusation.
We all want to avoid suffering and problems, but even Jesus said that in this world, we would have tribulations. (John 16:33)
If there was ever anyone who experienced suffering, it was the Apostle Paul. He was wrongfully accused, spent time in a Roman prison, and was even shipwrecked. Amid all these difficulties, he learned to rejoice.
Paul knew that God used suffering to transform his life and faith.
As a Christian, suffering and pain work for you, not against you. Suffering causes a chain-reaction of spiritual growth in your life.
First, suffering produces endurance.
Endurance is the ability to move ahead when facing opposition. It’s the tenacity to keep going when others might give up. Endurance is the force that helps you put one foot in front of the other pressing forward until you see victory.
Second, suffering produces character.
As you go through trials, they test your faith and build your Christian character. Challenging times force you to put your faith and trust in the Lord. Like the testing of metal, the fire of trials strengthens your character and heart.
Third, suffering produces hope.
As you go through difficulties and problems, you develop a confidence that God is going to take care of you. This confidence shows itself as hope. This hope is not wishful thinking, but complete trust that God will show himself strong on your behalf.
No one looks forward to suffering, but we all know it will come. If you are going through a difficult time today, look for ways your faith and trust are being strengthened.
Rejoice, knowing God is working to bring you through your most difficult situation. Sure it’s a step of faith, but isn’t that what the Christian life is all about?
Look at that promise again.
Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope. – Romans 5:3-4
Make this confession.
- Pain and suffering are part of life.
- Suffering builds endurance and proven character in me.
- Difficult times, build hope and trust in God.
- I will rejoice in suffering, knowing God is at work in me.
In Jesus name,
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