Summary of passage: We rejoice in our sufferings since suffering produces perseverance, character and hope. God has given us the Holy Spirit whereby He pours out His love to us.
6a) Believers rejoice in suffering because suffering produces perseverance, character, and hope. This is all because of God’s love poured out unto us by the Holy Spirit.
b) Personal Question. My answer: If we didn’t suffer, we wouldn’t need God as much. We seek Him more and seek to understand Him and His ways more in our suffering. Otherwise, we’d be complacent in our faith. I refuse to give up. I keep putting one foot in front of the other. All through God’s power. Some days are rougher than others. But keeping Him my focus and my light guides my way.
7) God is with us always through the power of the Holy Spirit. When we’re broken, the Holy Spirit puts the pieces back together. It leads and we follow. Our path in life is taken care of. Worries fall away and God shines. Hope is the promise of a better tomorrow. We all know where we’re spend eternity—the ultimate hope. Everyday hope is where we find the peace of God in our steps. It’s the courage to get out of bed in the morning and the courage to face the day. Hope.
Conclusions: One of the most often quoted verses in the Bible. We all need a bit more perseverance, character, and hope and the daily struggle to achieve that is what makes life worth living.
End Notes: Continuing from verse 3 where Paul says to rejoice in the hope he now says to rejoice in tribulations (real hardships) in life. Paul knows what he’s talking about, having been persecuted, beaten, imprisoned, etc. These tribulations give us endurance (perseverance) to grow in our faith with God.
Hope is the confident expectation and blessed assurance of our future destiny and is based on God’s love, which is revealed to us by the Holy Spirit and objectively demonstrated to us in the death of Christ. Paul moves from faith (verse1) to hope (verse 2, 4-5), to love (verse 5).
Tribulations give us more character and more hope. The easy life does not. We must be stressed (like muscles in the body) in order to grow.
God pours His live into us through the Holy Spirit, which continues to live in us.
Everyone who is a Christian has the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:9). But not every Christian lives in the fullness of the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 5:18), and not every Christian walks in the Spirit (Romans 8:4-5). Which are you?