Lyfe detox day 31: Perseverance, character, hope

Podcast Transcript

We’ve come to the last day of the Lyfe Detox. We’ve looked back over the last year, evaluated the state of our spiritual health, made plans for spiritual growth and reminded ourselves of God’s investment in us and commitment to drawing us closer to him.  We’ve reached the end of a resource, but we are launching into the rest of the year and the rest of our lives. I don’t know how you feel today, but whether it is full of energy and enthusiasm, or dread and weariness, there is encouragement in this reading from Romans.

Reading:

Romans 5:1-5

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. 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.

Reflection:

Suffering comes in many shapes and sizes, but however the word translates for us personally, it is likely the original recipients of Paul’s letter in Rome experienced worse. Paul’s take on suffering is to see it as a school for spiritual growth. As people persevere through it, their character would be strengthened. And their godly characters would give them hope. This hope wasn’t just for the future, but hope in the present reality of God’s love.

Whatever this year brings, if we invest in our relationship with God, nothing will shake us. We have peace with God, and we stand in grace.

Prayer/blessing:

As Paul says in Romans 15 verse 13, 'May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.'

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