Romans 5:1-5 Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 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. 3 And no only that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5 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.
People who believe in Jesus as their Savior from sin’s penalty have much to rejoice or exult in. Romans 5:2 states the fact that Christians are to rejoice in the hope of the glory of God as mentioned in the previous devotional. Our text today teaches us to rejoice in our sufferings and why we should. We rejoice in suffering for what it produces in us. The word “suffering” describes outward and inward distress in our lives.
Suffering produces in Christians the capacity to bear up in the face of difficulty. Every believer has the capacity to handle any external or internal distress in his life. Jesus told believers to rejoice and be glad when people persecute them, insult them and do all kinds of evil to them (Matthew 5:11-12). Jesus taught believers how to live in peace when suffering the stresses of life (John 16:33). God’s word is very clear believers will have suffering while living for Christ and will endure by living according to the truth.
As believers persevere or endure suffering by living according to the truth, godly character is produced in them. As godly character is experienced, hope is produced and hope doesn’t disappoint or put believers to shame because the Holy Spirit pours God’s love into their hearts. People who have certain hope and the unfailing love of God are strong people.
Are you rejoicing in your sufferings or complaining? If you are complaining, then you do not know the value of suffering in your life. Times of internal or external distress are opportunities to put God’s word to the test and find it is true. Sufferings are opportunities to develop godly character, certain hope and experience the outpouring of God’s love by the Holy Spirit. When suffering comes into your life begin to rejoice knowing God will use the suffering to benefit you with a more certain hope and an outpouring of His love into your life. The proper response to suffering is to trust and obey the Lord. The improper response is to complain. Are you a “rejoicer” or a “complainer?”