Devotional February 12th, 2017
Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 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.
Paul was saying that since we have God’s love in us through the Holy Spirit, we should be happy for suffering and persecution because suffering produced endurance, which produces character, which produces hope.
I need to let the love that God has given me through the Holy Spirit cause me to be happy when I feel like I should be suffering, because endurance, character and hope are all things I could use more of in my life.
Dear Father, I pray you would help me to be happy and rejoice in suffering. In Jesus name, amen.