Sunday, December 1, 2013

Developing character - through trials and tribulations

S- Romans 5:3-8 NASB

And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.   For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

O - Paul is doing a masterful job  in Romans to explain the theology of the Gospel.  It is a paradoxical shift to explain to a culture that they now have  savior for whom they can not earn favor, but whom will allow them to travel through trials and tribulations.   For many the idea of a savior comes from the idea that we will one day because of this hero in our lives will no longer face troubles in the world.  The good news (Gospel) is that we have a savior who willingly suffered for us.    In return for acceptance of this gift (reconciliation) he promises eternal life with God. 

A - The application for me is understand that my salvation does not come with a free pass from trials, tribulation and suffering.   Instead , I can rejoice in these trials because they are developing in me God honoring character and perseverance.   

P   - Dear heavenly father thank you for todays lesson from your word.  May it be sealed to my heart.  In Jesus name I pray, Amen.

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