Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Romans 5:1-2 NIV
One of the most important doctrine is justification. We are declared righteous by God. It is a legal term. We are justified through faith through Jesus Christ. In this we find peace. We have gained access into God’s grace.
So we are saved and justified. So we can go on and everything will be perfect in life and we live happily ever after. Sorry to say, we are going to suffer. The good news is that Jesus will be by our sides and we have God’s love and the guidance of the Holy Spirit. The world does not have that.
Our suffering is nothing compared to the suffering that Jesus went through. He was whipped and his bones were crushed. He suffered tremendously, yet He suffered for us. We too have to pick up our own cross.
My mom is the biggest example of faith that I can give. At 30, she suffered with encephalitis and almost died. Only to get another terrible disease called Sarcoidosis.
It is an auto-immune disease that is rare and it causes tumors to grow and spread to the liver and lungs and brain. They are not cancerous but they are painful. It causes sores all over the body that open up and spread.
It is such a rare disease that by the time that they were able to diagnose it, she was already Stage 4. There is no remission. She has to live with it for the rest of her life.
It saddens me and I am in awe of her faith. Despite what she has been through, she has remained faithful. With her suffering, her character grew stronger.
I used to question God about why she had to suffered. I realize that she is a very strong woman and she may have lost her health, but her faith remains. To me, she is a modern day female version of Job.
We know what happened to Job. Yet, he was blessed by God. We are told that there is glory in suffering. Joy? What? What is joyful about suffering?
Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. Romans 5:3-5 NIV
Our suffering produces perseverance and character. With that comes hope. It teaches us to put our faith in God. God’s love is poured upon us. Our suffering is only temporary, but our future is eternal. I’m Heaven, we will not suffer. Praise be to God.
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