For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans
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Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance,
and endurance produces character, and character produces hope,
and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
Faith is the vehicle that allows us to find peace with God. This faith drives our belief that Christ died for us, accepting that personally, reunites us with the Creator and we are once again in a place we were created for. Does that mean we do not have suffering? Belief in Christ gives us the gift of life through Him, frees us from the penalty of death from sin but is no guarantee of freedom from suffering. Suffering here is a useful tool to bring us to hope. Note the chain: suffering to endurance to character to hope. It is a process molding who we will become in Him. As Christ suffered so will we. We draw comfort from the knowledge that Christ has been there and is with us through it. As we allow God to be God, we grow and become the perfected creation He desired. God’s love is poured into us through the Holy Spirit and we need have no shame in the suffering which brings us to hope. Faith gives that hope substance. God’s glory will be ours through faith, God’s righteousness will be ours through faith. We decrease as He increases.