Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Romans 5:1-5 (ESV)

1 Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.  Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.  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.

Having access to God’s grace through our faith in Jesus Christ is priceless. His grace is sufficient to help us deal with whatever comes our way. It is hard to think that we could rejoice in our sufferings but we can when we realize they serve a greater purpose. Our sufferings require us to put our faith and trust in the Lord.

Our suffering produces endurance. In the Greek the word endurance is “associated with hope and refers to that quality of character that does not allow one to surrender to circumstances or succumb under trial.”[1] We can endure our sufferings and trials because we have strength from the Holy Spirit and because we have the hope of Christ.

What areas of your life are you experience suffering or trials? Know that the Lord is with you and He will empower you to endure. You do not have to surrender to your circumstances because your Lord and Savior is bigger than your circumstances. Jesus overcame the world and we, too, can be overcomers with His strength working in and through us.

Lord Jesus, we ask You to empower us today to face the trials and sufferings in our lives. We know that we have a tremendous hope in You and we chose to put our faith and trust in You. Help us to be overcomers. In Christ’s name, Amen.

 

[1] The Key Word Study Bible, AMG Publishers.

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