Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope.
Have you ever thought what this verse means to you? To glory in our own sufferings? When Christ died on the cross we, as followers, as Christians have now joined the Lord not only in the amazing life he now gave us, eternity but we also share in the suffering he endured. What this means is all of the junk we are going through on this earth has a purpose. It makes us stronger, it helps us endure through things---things now and things that are coming up. I mean, we know everything on this earth (including us) will break. It's not a matter of if but when. Suffering also produces character. This means we are able to handle the things better, with a good attitude. We become stronger Christians, with a better example of how to handle stress. From this new attitude, this new model of Christianity comes hope. And hope is what really gets us through it all. Without hope we would perish, we would die.
Hope is what encourages us, sustains us, empowers us and moves us forward. Having hope is what reminds us that his death on the cross was for me and you. His death had a purpose. His pain had a purpose. Your pain has a purpose.
So next time your car breaks down, you get some bad news from the doctor, your relationships are struggling, your lose your job, etc. remember, God is using it all to help you become more like Him. The more like Him we become, the less of the world we are. I am willing to suffer now for the hope in the glory of this next life, are you?
Kris Swiatocho, Director
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