“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.”
Glory be to the One who allows us to be trained up in this way! Love the Lord our God because He disciplines the ones whom He loves. Count it all joy when we suffer trials of every kind, because the testing of our faith develops perseverance…(James 1:3).
Does this sound strange or perhaps even a bit crazy to us? To be thankful for troublesome times, and trials, and tests of our faith certainly sounds preposterous…
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