Reason #13,454 the cross changes everything.

More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope (Rom.5:3-4)

How’s rejoicing in your suffering going?

Pretty crap for me. I’ve spent most of the last 24 hours feeling very lost. The world kicked my ass, my idols were uncovered and the enemy unceasingly challenged me (1Peter 5:8) …I’m sure you get the point.

Honestly I would still be there apart from God, who (again) led me back to the cross.

When God died on the cross, it conquered death, despair and the failures of Death to Deathsinful people. My failures.

So now everything has changed.

From disgrace to amazing grace my suffering is NOT in vain, as he suffered for a purpose, we suffer for a purpose.

In his plan, he leads us to endurance…and character…and hope. So I rejoice in suffering, because God has me exactly where he wants me.
I am not self-sufficient. In my suffering and weakness I am led again and again to the cross, and he “restores my soul” (ps.23:3)

 

How’s rejoicing in your suffering going?

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