A Daily Devotion for Wednesday, August 31
Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
Paul encourages us to remain faithful even in our suffering, because God remains faithful. In the end we will realize we are closer to God, and stronger because of our journey with Him. What a comfort this is! I also find his description of hope to be beautiful. Hope is not a blind belief based in denial- it is a very real emotion, fed by the Holy Spirit. Hope and patience go hand in hand!
Holy Father, thank you for reminding me today how important it is for me to be patient, to rely on the Holy Spirit, and to have hope. I love you, Lord. Amen