Hoping Yet?

Rom 5:3 And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance;
Rom 5:4 and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope;
Rom 5:5 and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

read 3-5             If you work at it and try to feel good about these tribulations we are talking about. You will get stronger until you have perseverance- the ability to continue despite the difficulties you might be having. Despite opposition or discouragement- you may start out a little weak at first but as you continue you get stronger, it gets easier and your resistance to quitting gets better. When you persevere for a while it brings about a behavior pattern that becomes consistent and starts being your natural way of acting. You make fewer mistakes and don’t have to try so hard, your body can bear more with ease, gets less tired and feels better. Character is the ability to always make the right decision and behave in a way that helps you stay out of trouble.

Proven character- when you are doing the right thing a lot and not getting beat up or beating yourself up and things are going pretty well. You can start thinking this is a pretty good life and you want it to continue- this brings hope. Hope according to the Merriam Webster Thesaurus is belief in the future occurence of something, but more than that- belief something good is going to happen. You can believe in heaven- that you will get rewarded for doing this, or hope in being free from the burden of drugs and alcohol. Or getting that job, or finding that pearl of wisdom, or that guitar or that marriage you’ve been wanting. Getting healthy really does bring better things. Getting saved brings hope and love.

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