Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Obedience + Suffering+= Endurance

Romans 5:3 more that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance

As I got out my trusty MacArthur Study Bible to read about this verse, I realized that this verse did not exactly mean what I thought. My mind immediately ran to the problems of daily life or perhaps the BIG deal things that occasionally loom over our horizons. Yet, here scripture is speaking more specifically. According to the MSB this verse if referring to, “Not the normal pressures of living, but the inevitable troubles that come to followers of Christ because of their relationship with Him.” This refers to the problems caused when we just obey God’s will for our lives and try to explain that to a world that has no understanding of why we would obey. These situations produce endurance; how can we ever expect endurance to be present in our lives if we consistently refuse to obey God in the difficult situations. If we never step out and do what He wants; to live a life of just honoring God’s will for our families.

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