Scripture Memory Meditation | Romans 5:3-4
And not only that, but we also boast in our afflictions, because we know that affliction produces endurance, endurance produces proven character, and proven character produces hope. Romans 5:3-4 (CSB)
The Christian’s hope isn’t just in the future, it is present with us in sufferings and persecutions that in the world’s observations, would not be considered uplifting in any aspect. Afflictions cause many to speak against God, but for those who are followers of Christ, afflictions are a means to grow in endurance and patience. In Coffman's commentaries, he writes that “All of the misfortunes, sorrows, calamities, and bitter disappointments of Life are not meaningless tragedy to the Christian but are luminous through their connection with the ultimate goals of faith in Christ”.
The persecutions, losses, physical pains, and tragedies we face, help us to spiritually grow so we can better serve God and provide an empathetic sense of direction for others as we follow the path God has set before us. Persecutions and afflictions build up our patience and endurance which in turn strengthens our character and encourages our hope. “Therefore we do not give up. Even though our outer person is being destroyed, our inner person is being renewed day by day. For our momentary light affliction is producing for us an absolutely incomparable eternal weight of glory” 2 Corinthians 4:16-17.