verses 1-5: Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.
God has poured out his love into our hearts. Because of this love, I can always have hope. The Holy Spirit lives in me. This is one of the reasons I know God loves me. When I suffer, it is about earthly things. My hope is that there is no suffering in an eternity with God.
Lord, May my suffering lead to perseverance and character, and ultimately to my hope of an eternity in your presence. Amen
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