Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. Romans 5:1-5
Wow. “We rejoice in our sufferings.” Suffering isn’t full of happiness and sunshine. Suffering is hard. It feels like waves crashing and pulling you under with them and just as soon as you come up for a breath of fresh air, another wave comes and sucks you back under.
But, here’s the thing. We aren’t going to feel joyful. We aren’t called to feel joyful.
We are called to measure it all joy. Because we know that suffering produces character, character hope and hope does not put us to shame because the Holy Spirit is in our hearts (paraphrased by yours truly)
We know that these seasons of hard, while still long and painful, ultimately have to be for our good if we are saved because we know that God’s glory is our good and our good is His glory. The two can not ever be separated. Praise the Lord!
So, we have hope. We anticipate the coming back of our Lord Jesus Christ. We can rest secure in Christ, our rock. We know that sin and suffering have an end date. Sin can not exist in the presence of our most holy God. One day, we will be glorified (free from the presence of sin + with Jesus!!!).
We keep hoping in a faithful Lord who sacrificed his precious, perfect, only son on a cross. And that Son, who because he was sinless, crushed the power of hell + took away the sting of death.
There is hope for you, sweet sister. Cling to Jesus, the author and perfecter of your faith.
Caroline (@caromedlin) is an Atlanta native and the founder of The Grace Scripts. She is passionate about women’s ministry, community and sharing raw stories of brokenness and hope. She currently calls Nashville home and is studying Public Relations at Middle Tennessee State University.