What do you get for all your troubles? PROVEN CHARACTER!
Read from Romans 5:1-5 (NKJV)…
¹ Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
² through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
³ And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance;
⁴ and perseverance, character; and character, hope.
⁵ Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
Believers in Messiah Jesus don’t rejoice in troubles for just any reason. These troubles cause us to persevere and work in us proven character, demonstrating us as approved (δοκιμος) unto God.
Proven character causes us to have our anticipated hope in God, who in His love, will not leave us disappointed. God will guide us through His pruning and cleansing process so that we may become more fruitful in our daily lives.
God never fails, his word always remains true. We continually trust in Him through His Son Jesus for the assured hope of everlasting life.