CHARACTER AND CONFIDENCE
We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.
Romans 5:3-5 NLT
"Rejoice when you run into problems"--sounds like a cliché for a motivational speech. But Paul tells believers who are in difficult situations they can rejoice--and then he backs it up by doing that in his own life. Most of Paul's letters were written from prison cells. He was not enjoying a rich life of ease. He endured shipwrecks, beatings, and imprisonment. He knew the pain and humiliation of persecution. But he also saw the other side of pain--the perseverance that is produced which leads to strong character and confidence. As parents and grandparents we often want to protect our children and grandchildren. We want them to enjoy life and not have to endure rejection or hardship. But if we are not careful, we unknowingly isolate them from the opportunity to develop perseverance, character, and confidence. Learning to overcome failure and disappointment is a crucial step in developing character and confidence. We want to be people of character and confidence. So don't run from problems. (Don't run foolishly into them either--don't create problems you can avoid.) When problems come deal with them. Learn what it feels like to have to depend on God, seeking His help and forgiveness, and seeing God lead you through to victory.
Holy Spirit I ask for Your guidance and wisdom in my life. Help me see my circumstances from Your perspective. Help me develop the character and confidence I need to accomplish Your work in my life.
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