A CHANCE TO DIE

Romans 5:3-5

And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance. Romans 5:3

In Living Free in Christ, Neil Anderson writes of where our hope lies:

God does not promise to make a bad thing good, nor has He assured us that He will keep us from bad things. He has promised us that in all things—even those that are terrible—good can come out of it for all those who love Him.

In Romans 8:26-28, Paul is completing the thought he originally began in Romans 5:3-5, “And not only this, but we exult in our tribulations, know that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”

In verse 3, “exult” means heightened joy; “tribulation” means to be under pressure; “perseverance” means to remain under pressure . . . God is simply trying to show us that in the midst of trials and tribulations, He intends to produce the result of proven character, and that is where our hope lies.

After overhearing a hurtful remark said about her, Amy Carmichael asked God to show her how to handle the situation. His response: “See in this a chance to die to self.” Letting go of a hurtful situation may be hard, but God will handle your hurt. Submit your needs to Him, and He will surround you with His peace.

Dear heavenly Father, help me view problems as a chance to die to myself. I submit my needs to You. Help me let go of the hurt.

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