Peace with God Through Faith
5 Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 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. 3 Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5 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.
6 For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— 8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. 10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. 11 More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.
I can’t say that I rejoice in my sufferings. Suffering, as defined by Webster’s dictionary, means “pain that is caused by injury, illness, loss, etc. : physical, mental, or emotional pain.” Why would I rejoice when I’m in pain? I’m more likely to grimace, be unkind to my family, etc. It is very tough to see that sufferings help us to grow as people when we are in the midst of them.
Thank God that, though oftentimes I do not rejoice in my sufferings, I do not trust Him as I should, and in so doing I break the First Commandment, even this sin is covered by Christ Jesus. Even my hopelessness is covered by His blood. I certainly can rejoice that I am reconciled to God. And I pray that I will also be able to rejoice in my sufferings so that I can endure with hope.