3 We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. 4 And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation.Romans 5:3-4 (NLT)
Herein Paul’s writing to the Church in Corinth, he makes a connection for us with the text we shared this week in our message from James. Paul, like James, asks us to find the positive side of our troubles by using them to build our patience.
When Patience Grows Up
Troubles have a way of pushing us to think more, wait for more, and find ways to search for God’s hand in our circumstances. The time for us to think, wait and search can all be a part of building our patience. This Paul says will strengthen our character that sits on the inside of our spirits. It has been said that Our character is best found in who we are when no one is around. When there are no witnesses, no rules, no restrictions ….. just us and God.
It is then that we really determine who He is to us and who we really are for Him? The character will strengthen and develop our attitude about ourselves and others around us. Our attitude – how we see ourselves and others, will drive our actions. Those actions will either reflect a Character that is centered in God or one that is not.
If our attitude in times of troubles and trials sees hope – A Hope that comes from our confession of faith in Jesus Christ, then brings us a Hope that we can endure our trials, knowing God will accomplish His purpose in and through our lives and in the lives of others that we come into contact with. May our lives reflect God’s love for others in our patience, character, and hope.
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