“Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance”
I don’t know about you, but this verse cuts like a knife.
I am no stranger of suffering, but rejoicing when I suffer seems so foreign at times.
It seems so easy to be short, bitter, grumpy and unloving when I am suffering.
I especially struggle to rejoice while suffering when I have morning sickness. When I am physically not feeling well, it is a huge challenge for me to be loving to those around me.
This passage is a popular passage and it’s a chain of things that occur and seems kind of silly to only memorize verse 3 but as we continue to look at endurance, I think it is really important to also see the chain on this passage.
“Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.”
We rejoice in our suffering because we know that when we suffering, God is producing endurance in us. As God produces endurance in us, that endurance produces character which then produces hope. We have hope in our suffering because God’s love has been poured into us.
We are not called to rejoice because of our suffering but “in” our suffering.
We are able to rejoice, even in suffering, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit.
We are being refined my friend in this suffering. Our desire is to be refined, to be sanctified, to be more like Christ. It’s not always an easy thing, but we can rejoice in it because He is working to make us more like Himself.
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