Think, Act, Be Day 46: Romans 5:1-11
Suffering produces endurance.
God doesn’t cause suffering; but some forms of suffering can train us, give us endurance, and produce character and hope in us. Consider the kind of suffering an athlete or a student has in a difficult sport or class. A person doesn’t learn because he wins every race or passes every course. Strength and wisdom come from learning through our faults and mistakes. When we fall down and fail, we learn how to grow and mature.
As a Christian, can you trust that your weaknesses are actually a sign of His strength? That’s a life that glorifies Jesus.
Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God. 3 And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5 and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.
6 For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 Indeed, rarely will anyone die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person someone might actually dare to die. 8 But God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us. 9 Much more surely then, now that we have been justified by his blood, will we be saved through him from the wrath of God. 10 For if while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son, much more surely, having been reconciled, will we be saved by his life. 11 But more than that, we even boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.