We also rejoice in our afflictions, because we know that affliction produces endurance, endurance produces proven character, and proven character produces hope. This hope will not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
(Romans 5:3—5, CSB)

Romans 5 encourages us to rejoice even when we experience a time of suffering. That is not easy to do, but we can rejoice when we keep our focus on the benefits suffering produces in our lives.

Suffering produces perseverance. Perseverance means we keep going. We don’t give up no matter how difficult our problems become. Perseverance builds our character, and it is our character that produces hope.

God often grows our faith through suffering—He desires us to be like Christ. In the midst of our suffering we must hold on to God’s love for us. He demonstrated that great love at the cross through the sacrifice of His beloved Son, Jesus Christ.

Father, we pray that in the midst of suffering, you will bring the promises of Romans 5 to the minds of pastors and missionaries throughout the world. Please help them to count it all joy and to rejoice in the knowledge that their hardships will ultimately lead to hope. Encourage them in the knowledge that You are growing their faith. Strengthen them in the remembrance that You love them and will never leave or forsake them. We praise You for the love You’ve shown us through Your Son, Jesus. Amen.

*Adapted from Prayer Patterns written by Sandra Knox Miller for Missions Mosaic.

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