Be Joyful, Faithful, and Paitent!

As faithful and unfortunately at times “struggling” Christians we have to be reminded that we have a peculiar and unique hope in Jesus. We undoubtedly know that Jesus was victorious over evil and will one day return to make everything right. This should encourage us to have hope in the midst of suffering or difficult times. But let’s be honest, we don’t always faithfully lean on this peculiar and unique hope during times of trials, persecution, and adversity!

Paul, the author of the letter to the Church in Rome, frequently encouraged believers in Rome not to give up amidst of their present trials, persecution, and adversity. You see, the first half of Paul’s letter corrected some of their ill-thinking, while the second half focused more on their character, actions, and response to their fiery trials, persecution, and adversity.

Paul knew that affliction(s) produces steadfast character within us. When we choose to endure through suffering, Jesus forms strength and confidence within us that we couldn’t attain otherwise. James also reminded in Chapter 1:2-4 to, “Consider it pure joy whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”

In Romans 12, Paul encouraged the believers to let love be the primary motivation for everything they do. When love is the foundation of who they are, then God can renew and transform every area of life. When they allow God to transform their character, that’s when they’re able to be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer.

So today, I encourage you to let these three things create within you a stronger character in your personal own life. Paul unpacked these three powerful principles to encourage us but more importantly to help mold and transform us into the image of Jesus who was faithfully joyful in hope, patient in suffering, and faithful in prayer. We all need to take some time to think of a few ways that we can become more like Jesus in each of these areas in our own lives!






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