Romans 5We can rejoice in our sufferings because the Holy Spirit gives us hope,

No only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.  And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.”  Romans 5:3-5, NIV.

One preacher has said that difficult times are the seedbed for spiritual growth.  Times of ease and comfort rarely result in significant deepening of our relationship with our creator.  It is the hard times that strengthen us for all God would have us do and be. 

 

The current times gives us opportunities to find ways of exercising our spirit; we have more time to pray and read the Bible with our family members. We can also pray more over the phone and share Bible verses and encouraging Biblical literature by texts. We can read our Bible every day.  We can meditate on those familiar Bible verses and that have particular value in sustaining us through difficult times for instance Psalm 23 or Psalm 91.

Let us use the time to feed and exercise our spirits, so that we might become the kind of Christians that God wants us to be; so that together we can build a church that is pleasing to Christ, for which he suffered and died for.

God has poured out His love into our hearts through the Holy Spirit to help us endure and persevere the tough times and in effect we are getting transformed into a more loving and mature people. The Holy Spirit is creating a new person in us. We do not rejoice in our suffering because we like to suffer.  We rejoice in our suffering because we see how through suffering God helps us learn to endure hard times, and that builds our character and results in hope.  And that kind of hope can get us through anything.

It is hard to see the growth that is developing in us in the current situation. But the fruits of every encouragement, time spent in prayer, meditating on the Word of God and serving under difficult circumstances will be evident in weeks and months to come. We will not be the same post COVID-19.

 

Prayer

Father we thank you that the sufferings we endure will produce in us character, perseverance and hope. May we spend more time listening to you by reading and meditating on your word and prayer. May we allow the Holy Spirit to teach us and transform us to be the people you would like us to be for the work   you are preparing us for your Kingdom.