“…we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance,” ~ Romans 5:3 (ESV)
Rejoice in your sufferings, knowing what? In the fifth chapter of his letter to the Romans the Apostle Paul begins by writing that God has given us access, by faith, into grace that makes it possible for us to stand for Christ in this world and live a life that glorifies God.
Imagine how it must make God feel when He has given us access to all the grace we need to live for Christ in this world and we never access that grace. According to Paul, because God loves us He permits suffering to enter our lives that we cannot bear without drawing on this grace we can access by faith.
Paul writes that as we receive the grace to endure our suffering God produces mature Christ-like character in our lives such as perseverance…
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