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.
I can’t pray that I never suffer again because I know and see the work and the glory of God through the times that I’ve hurt the most. The redemption, grace and love are clear and focused, beaming into my heart and changing my life. My physical body, my worldly mind don’t want to suffer and they crave comfort, but my redeemed heart that trusts in God almost needs to see and feel the suffering in order to rejoice in the way God is honored and is merciful through it all.
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