Developing Character through Suffering
by Drawing Near to 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.

Romans 5:3-5


True peace, joy, and hope come from being reconciled to God the Father through Jesus Christ. We gain access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. (v.2) Paul concludes that the grace of God poured over us enables us to stand against the storms of life and rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. He continues to underscore that suffering will produce Christ- like character in us and calls us to persevere and to grab hold of the hope that God pours into our lives. Paul helps us understand how we are able to celebrate in the midst of suffering. He shows us the steady progression of the Christian life: patience to character and from character to hope.

As I meditate on these verses, I am reminded of how the Lord gave me hope and assurance in the midst of storms in my life. No matter what circumstances have placed you in turbulent waters, the Lord will set your course to provide you a way to safety in His arms. All the while He is growing in you a hope in Him, and He will see you back safely to the shore.

What circumstances seem beyond your control at the moment? Cry out to God and He will pour His love into your heart, giving you a hope that will never disappoint. (v.5)


Heavenly Father,

I am pressed in on all sides, stressed with daily life and circumstances that I face. I pray that during this season of trial I will develop perseverance, character, and hope. Your hope never disappoints – Your love never fails to free my soul.

In Jesus’ name, Amen



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