Peace with God through Faith

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 hope of the glory of God. More than that, 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

Paul tells us to rejoice in our sufferings. This is something that is so hard to do. It is easy to rejoice when things are going well but rejoice when we suffer? That just does not seem right. Yet the trials we endure are not there to punish but to make us strong. Just as we exercise to make our bodies strong so we must make our walk with God strong. When we exercise we hurt. Our bodies are sore and sometimes we feel like the pain is too much to endure. Yet as we continue to exercise we notice that little by little we are in less pain and we are growing stronger.

So too are the sufferings we go through in life. As we lean on God to get us through each trial we grow stronger in our faith. We learn to lean on God and not our own understanding. We grow little by little and as we grow we are able to help others in their spiritual growth. I know that sometimes it seems like God is punishing us or putting us through things we are not strong enough to endure but we are told that He will never give us more than we can handle. And if we lean on God there is nothing that we cannot do.

Just as we need resistance to make out muscles stronger so we need trials to make our walk stronger.

Have a blessed day,

David

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About dwwork

The name of this blog is taken from 1 Peter 3:13 - “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience. This verse became special to me over ten years ago when I was asked to teach an adult Sunday school class on Christian apologetics. This interest grew over the years to the point that I took some graduate level classes in apologetics. I think the best way to be prepared to give and answer to everyone who asks is to know scripture. It is my hope that through these short devotionals the reader will become more familiar with each verse. I have tried when possible to make them personal hoping in some small way to show that God’s word written over two thousand years ago is still relevant today. In the writing of these short devotionals I have been able to better understand how God’s word impacts my life. It is my hope that you too will come closer to our Lord Jesus and develop a closer relationship with Him. Finally, if the reader finds anything in conflict with scripture please let me know. God’s word is the final authority always overrules anything I might write. David
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