Peace and Joy

Romans 3:3-4 Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings because we know that sufferings produces perseverance, perseverance character and character hope.

If I asked you do you enjoy suffering your answer immediately would be NO. For no one enjoys pain. And yet Paul tells us that we are blessed because of it. You might be saying how am I blessed from it? The reason you and I don’t see suffering as being blessed is because we are looking at it from our stand point and not God’s view. 

Paul describes sufferings as one of the blessings of our salvation and renewed relationship with God. The word “sufferings” refers to all kinds of troubles and difficulties that may affect our lives. This includes such things as the pressures of school, job, family situations, financial, physical needs, tragic circumstances, sorrow, sickness, persecutions, mistreatment and loneliness.

These are just a few of the thing a Christian will experience. In the middle of these troubles, God assures us of His presence enable us to depend on Him and help us draw closer to Him. It’s through the tough times we also find strength and maturity that helps us to overcome other difficulties in life. Instead of driven us to despair.

Remember suffering produces perseverance and perseverance produces character and proven character results in mature hope. A hope that looks to the future with God and that will not disappoint

It’s God’s grace that lets us look beyond our present problems to find hope in our relationship with God. In the end that hope is focused on the certainty of Jesus return to rescue his people from this evil world and to set up his kingdom with them in heaven and earth.

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