SSMT Verse #4: Suffering produces...hope

"Not only that, but 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 5:3-5

My fourth verse for the Siesta Scripture Memory Team doesn't have as elaborate or specific a story behind it as some of the other verses have. This is simply a truth I want to learn, grasp, and hide in my heart for when the time comes.

I've suffered before, and I've gone through painful seasons of life. I'm not in one right now, but I want to cling to the truth that "hope does not put us to shame." Whenever I do encounter persecution or experience suffering, I can hold on to that hope because I have the seal of the Holy Spirit (Eph. 1:13).

A lady in my Bible study group made the wise observation that our culture teaches us to run away from suffering. We have easy access to pain pills because we can't tolerate discomfort, and children get medals even if they didn't really "win" because we don't want to hurt anybody's feelings.

But there is beauty in suffering because God is there with us, and He is molding and shaping us into His image, giving us endurance to persevere to the end, character to glorify Him in the midst, and hope to ground us no matter the circumstances.

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Hello! I'm Faith. I'm a verbal processor who wants to love the Lord and love people with all my heart, soul, mind and strength. I write to think and think to write. I don't drink coffee. I am a dogless dog lover. I enjoy hosting large parties in my home, and I enjoy being alone. Join me in looking to Him and pursuing A Radiant Face.


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