Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Wednesday's Word

Rom 5:3-5 We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they are good for us-they help us learn to endure. And endurance develops strength of character in us, and character strengthens our confident expectation of salvation. And this expectation will not disappoint us. For we know how dearly God loves us, because He has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with His love. (NLT)

You know those hardships in life that just crush..... both physically and mentally.... we all go though them. But these hardships in of of themselves do not automatically produce patience and endurance. No, only when we reach out for God's hand and hold onto His promises, does He work endurance and patience in us through those trials and for them as well. When seen this way, the trials of life are an exercising of our patience and endurance that produces - for the Christian - a most powerful instrument in increasing our JOY. And that joy comes from the knowledge that Christ is sufficient to sustain us during the most severe of hardships. And that is where we find HOPE. When we stand in the midst of our trials knowing God is there with us and has not allowed us to be defeated by them - we gain even more confidence in God - and our hope is confirmed by His great LOVE for us.

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