Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Hope Does Not Disappoint (Romans 5:3-5)

Today’s scripture: Romans 5:3-5

We started this year looking at verses dealing with peace. Now we’re going to spend some time focusing on another favorite word of mine: Hope.

I’ve always loved these verses.

None of us can avoid having trials and tribulations in our lives. We live in a fallen world, and bad things—for some of us, really bad things—happen.

There are times when we wonder why we have to go through what we go through. Why the pain? Why the suffering?

It’s verses like these that answer those questions for me. I hope they do for you as well.

I’ve been through some tribulations: abuse, infertility, chronic pain. And I now know why I went through them. I’m a much stronger, compassionate person because of my pain.

I know beyond doubt that my difficult times made me more patient and understanding. Those times have made me—by God’s grace—a person of character. And I have hope because I know that God has worked His perfect will in my life.

And hope really doesn’t disappoint.

Have you questioned why God has allowed you to go through painful, difficult times? Let Him assure you that those times have strengthened you and have made you a person of character.

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