3 And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; 4 and perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
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Today’s blog will be slightly different than usual. I have found that many times we read scriptures but we don’t truly understand the meaning of words. I’m going to take some key words from the scriptures, explain the meaning and then give a message of hope.The 1st word that stands out to me is tribulations. What does tribulation mean? According to the dictionary it means a cause of great trouble or suffering.
The 2nd word that stands out to me is perseverance. What does perseverance mean? According to the dictionary it means the quality that allows someone to continue trying to do something even though it is difficult.
The 3rd word that stands out to me is character. What does character mean? According to the dictionary it means the way someone thinks, feels, and behaves: someone’s personality.
The 4th word that stands out to me is hope. What does hope mean? According to the dictionary it means to want something to happen or be true and think that it could happen or be true.
God is telling us that there is glory in our troubles or suffering that we experience. Our troubles or suffering causes us to continue surrendering God’s will and way for our lives. Although it’s difficult at times God needs us to go through the process so that he can develop our individual personalities to be more Christ-like. We have hope to know that trouble doesn’t last always because God has poured his love into our hearts and he has given us the Holy Spirit to comfort, lead, guide and protect us in difficult times. When we put our trust in the Lord we will never be disappointed because God loves us so much. He sent his only begotten son, who was sinless to save us by dying on the cross for our sins against God. God loves us so much that even though he knew we would fail him daily, he still wanted to be reconciled to his people. He offered us the most precious gift that we could ever receive and that was Jesus Christ. He also gave us the gift of eternal life. We know that what we face in front of us is only temporary. Nobody told us that the road would be easy but God has never left or forsaken us. So keep trusting in him, keep praying and stay encouraged my sisters and brothers in Christ. Know there is glory in your suffering!