Today’s Reading | Romans 5
Why would perseverance be worth suffering for? Paul tells the Romans in today’s reading that they should rejoice in their suffering because it produces perseverance. The definition of perseverance is steadfast endurance, standing our ground, never giving up. James 1:2-4 tells us that, in order for us to be mature and complete, not lacking in anything, perseverance must finish its work. Perseverance is a quality then, which is necessary to be spiritually mature. In this passage, Paul tells us that perseverance produces character, and character produces hope. We can conclude then, that without suffering we have no perseverance, and without perseverance we have no maturity, no character, and no hope. Without perseverance we are lacking in many areas of our spiritual lives. In light of how important perseverance is to our spiritual lives, Paul encourages us to rejoice when suffering comes our way. It is the only way to acquire perseverance and it is a part of life. How are you responding to the suffering that God has allowed you to experience in your life? Rejoice, your suffering is producing character that will change you!
Observation: What do I see?
Interpretation: What does it mean?
Application: How does it apply to me?
Implementation: What do I do?