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Character Produces Hope

Romans 5:3-4

Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope.

I’ve heard it said that crisis reveals who you are.

So, what does the word crisis mean? It’s a time of intense difficulty, trouble, or danger. But we think of a crisis as a short term thing mainly because of the word intense in the definition.

As we go through this pandemic, which seems like the ultimate crisis, I think each of us is pushed to a level that we have never been pushed before. The length of time that we have waited for this to end is much more than any of us expected. Add on top of that racial tensions and fear of the police or of the rioters and each of us is feeling a crisis that seems like it will never end.

In Romans five, Paul says that I should rejoice in my sufferings. I find that hard to do right now. I’m not ready to rejoice. That’s why I need God’s Word. It puts things in perspective. I need to endure through this, and it will strengthen my character which produces hope. I need this and you need it too.

God’s Word needs to be where we turn in every crisis. Paul shares how much love God has shown to us sending His son to die on the cross for our sins. The world needs hope, but without Jesus, there is no hope.

– Pastor Andy

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