Romans 5:1-8: Develop Patience
Since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 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. And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 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. (NSRV)
Avoiding sorrow, we forfeit an opportunity to grow in God’s love.
Rejecting obstacles, we lose our intimacy with Christ.
Refusing to see that goodness overcomes harm, we reject the healing touch of the Spirit.
Surviving through faith, we receive hope.
Living in Christ, we experience peace and grace.
Handing ourselves over to God’s offer of love, we grow in endurance.
Resting in grief, we blossom in grace to develop patience that carries us home.
When we use the scripture link and the drop-down menus, we come to see that adversity trains us in the development of patience, a patience that will serve us in our journey home. For another reflection on Patience, click on the image above or visit: https://www.worldslastchance.com/biblical-christian-beliefs/patience-of-the-saints.html