1 Therefore, since we have been declared righteous by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Also through Him, we have obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. 3 And not only that, but we also rejoice in our afflictions, because we know that affliction produces endurance, 4 endurance produces proven character, and proven character produces hope. 5 This hope does not disappoint, because God’s love has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
This was the scripture that really stood out to me today. I couldn’t sum up what I’m going through any better than what is said here. Its so true. Affliction produces endurance, endurance produces proven character, and proven character produces hope. Not just any hope but a hope that doesn’t disappoint.
When facing circumstances that come up in our life we need to remember this. I remember when I first found out about this health issue that I have been dealing with at first I was upset and unsettled but I distinctly remember the moment when I decided that I would learn from this. I decided I would allow God to use this opportunity to grow me and heal me inside and out and that has been my focus. I wanted to get the most out of this season and grow like never before. In doing so I truly have seen how afflictions produce endurance. The Holy Spirit is right there for us every day on our journey just waiting for us to ask for help. At night when I was hurting so bad I couldn’t sleep I would ask for the Holy Spirit to come and minister healing to my body. I asked for specific guidance on what things I could change in my eating habits and other things. We need to remember when were on a journey where we need that endurance to ask for it because He has provided us a resource to keep us going. And finally endurance produces character. I feel like on this journey I’ve seen some big character changes in my heart. Currently I’m in the action phase of this. He has been working on my mind and now He is working on my actions. Fleshing out I guess you could say the things He has taught me along the way.
And finally proven character produces hope. When I was facing a situation this past week I was reminded of all the times that I have gone through similar circumstances and how I was able to endure and overcome and that encouraged me so much. This is exactly what this scripture is talking about. Knowing what we’ve been through produces a hope in us that doesn’t disappoint. This is another reason why our testimony is so important. Our testimony reminds us when were facing something new that wait a minute I went through this situation and came through with flying colors. I’ve found that journaling and blogging through issues that I face has really helped me look back at things in my life and helped encourage me in my current journey.
There is power in our testimonies!