• Dr. Mike Routt


Your trials have godly value, according to Romans 5: 3-5. These verses challenge us to embrace our trials as opportunities to grow in our faith and become more like JESUS.

These verses are preceded by a seismic theological truth: justification by faith. Romans 5: 1-2 declare: “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with GOD through our LORD JESUS CHRIST, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of GOD.”

Our experience of justification does not eradicate problems from our own personal lives. As Christians, we will encounter “seasons” of adversity. Romans 5: 3-5 remind us that trials will be our constant companion throughout the course of our lives. Yet, in the midst of these trials, we can “glory” because of what GOD can do in and through our lives by means of the power of the HOLY SPIRIT. Here are the verses: “And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverence; and perseverence, character, and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of GOD has been poured out in our hearts by the HOLY SPIRIT who was given to us.”

One person made this statement: “In adversity we usually want GOD to do a removing job when He wants to do an improving job. To realize the worth of an anchor, we need to feel the storm.” Paul Powell once said, “GOD is more concerned about our character than our comfort. His goal is not to pamper us physically but to perfect us spiritually.”

Romans 5: 3-5 remind us that perseverance, character and hope are produced in us only when we choose the right attitude - we “rejoice” in tribulations.”

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