Romans 5:3-5 Daily Devotional
Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
– Romans 5:3-5
God’s kingdom seems so backward sometimes. Paul, the author of Romans, tells us that we should “glory” in our sufferings. In other words, we should rejoice in the hard times. Why? Because it’s in those times that we develop hope for the future. Through the process, we also gain perseverance and character. All these things are valuable in a healthy walk with Christ.
It can be hard to rejoice in the hard times, but it’s worth it for the hope that gets developed. We can do this by spending time with God every day and releasing our concerns to him in prayer. This is a process that gets easier as we practice it. Starting off, it will be hard to persevere through those tough times. As we do, though, we develop a stronger character that helps us persevere more naturally. When our character and perseverance develop so, then, does our hope in all situations.
Jesus, thank you for the hope you provide. Help me to rejoice in the hardships in my life and develop hope in all seasons of life. I’m grateful for all you’ve done for me so far and look forward to what you have for me in the future. It’s in your name I pray, amen.