Rejoice In Hope!

The NLT version of Romans 5:3-4 encourages us to rejoice we when encountered difficulties. Paul wrote,“We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation.” The adverb ‘too’ means also, in addition, and a few of it’s synonyms are beside, also, and furthermore. So Paul was really saying, “#Furthermore, we can #also find a reason to rejoice because patience, character, and praise walks #beside every trial, circumstance, and problem we encounter in our lives.” I believe this is why Paul also told the Thessalonians to rejoice always (I Thess 5:16) and James reminded us to count it all joy when we encounter trials, persecution, and tribulations of any kind (James 1:1). So how do we rejoice in unlikely/unwanted circumstances? Simply put, we rejoice in hope! Beloved of God, when we look into our future, we know that our trials, however difficult, are temporary, and that when all is said and done, God promises to turn every trial we face to our eternal good (Romans 8:28). Make note; true joy is not grounded in personal sentiment or emotions (“I feel joyful”), nor in a stoic resolution to bravely face the future rather, true joy comes only from our salvation, security, and strength in Jesus, the risen Christ!

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About ljpinnock

I am a 4given sinner saved by the blood of Christ.
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One Response to Rejoice In Hope!

  1. Sadah says:

    This is lovely.

    Like

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