5:1 Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
5:2 through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God.
5:3 And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance,
5:4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope,
5:5 and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.
5:6 For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.
5:7 Indeed, rarely will anyone die for a righteous person–though perhaps for a good person someone might actually dare to die.
5:8 But God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us.
Suffering in the Christian life is not something that can be avoided. A true believer will endure some type of hardship or trial due to the fact that walking closely with God is not always easy and there are times when we have to show that our faith is genuine and also for God to show us that He is all powerful, loving and sovereign.
This passage shows us that there is a good outcome to going through trials. That is when we endure a hard time, that ends up producing a stronger and more resilient attitude towards those tough circumstances because our hope lies in God’s strength alone.
Whenever we face something hard, we always ask ourselves where the good in all of this is. With this passage in mind, we see that God is pushing us to bring about an even stronger and more deeper trust in Him. One can always say that they love and trust God during the easy times. When things are going well, there is no reason for our faith to ever need to be tested because things are going the way we want them too. However, trials are not meant to ruin or destroy our joy. They are meant to bring about an even stronger joy in God no matter what is going on around us.
If you are facing a hard time today, remember that our joy is found in God and His ultimate love for us. Trust that He is truly always working on your behalf and will never leave you to fall. Your faith is deeply rooted in an all powerful and loving God and there is nothing that can rob you of your true joy in Christ.
The most remarkable thing about Christ’s sacrifice was that He gave himself for people that were undeserving. Indeed, the world as a whole was undeserving of such a sacrifice but even in my own life, I know that I had done nothing special to warrant such grace a mercy. I would suspect that when we examine our lives we will all find the same answer. Nothing we’ve done warrants the son of God giving His life for us.
But this is the mystery that draws people to God. It is not because people like to follow rules, even though some do. It’s not because people are bored and need to join a social club, even though a few might feel that way. No, as a whole those who come to Christ do so because they are moved by the grace they were shown and the mercy they were given. The heart is moved as well as the mind and a response is made to the truth of the gospel.
I believe we all would benefit from remembering this grace each and every day, as we walk out our salvation, one day at a time.
[Featured image is a 1456 painting called “The Crucifixion”, by Andrea Mantegna]