“Moreover let us also be full of joy now, let us exult and triumph in our troubles and rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that pressure, and affliction, and hardship produce patient and unswerving endurance.” Romans 5:3 Amplified
When we go through trials, sufferings or hardships human nature tends to dictate that we turn in. We usually get the poor me’s or the why me’s, meaning it’s all about me. The best cure, however, for trials, sufferings and hardships is to turn out. No, not to lash out at others for our misfortune, but to reach out to help others. When we are in a depressed state of mind, though, there’s nothing like a good pity party. Only truth be told, no one likes going to those events, at least not those around us, they tend to be a downer.
In this verse today Paul tells us to exult, triumph and rejoice in these times. Who can do that? Well, in our human flesh we can’t, but in the spirit we can. If we turn to God at these times, His Holy Spirit will give us the ability to do just that. Like the pain a woman goes through in childbirth, it’s the end result we rejoice in. Our verse today says we rejoice because we have been made right with God and now He is walking with us through life. We rejoice because we know that we’re growing in spiritual maturity, peace and love.
From this verse we see that it says, “knowing that pressure, affliction, and hardship produce patient and unswerving endurance.” Instead of letting these things defeat you, allow them to elevate you. That is where faith comes in, trusting God that He will handle whatever comes to draw us closer to Him. Our hope is in Him.
Finally, verse 5 says, “Such hope never disappoints, deludes, or shames us. God’s love has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit Who has been given to us.”