Romans Lesson 8 Day 3
My answers to BSF study questions
6. a. Even in times of trouble, we have a joyful confidence (Romans 5:3a Passion)
Other words for rejoice listed in Strong’s — Boast, Boaster, Boastful, Glory (to boast), Glorying, Joy, Joyfulness, Joyfully, Joyous, Rejoice
Other translations of rejoice use the following — celebrate (Voice), exult and triumph (AMPC), shout our praise (MSG)
Other words for suffering listed in Strong’s — Afflict, Affliction, Anguish, Distress, Distressed, Tribulation, Trouble
Even in times of trouble, we have a joyful confidence, knowing that our pressures will develop in us patient endurance. and patient endurance will refine our character, and proven character leads us back to hope. Hope is not a disappointing fantasy, because we can now experience the endless love of God cascading into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who lives in us. Passion Translation
Because as we’ve learned it’s only by faith. Not by my own efforts. In the past, I didn’t know that. I blamed myself because I didn’t try harder. I guess I still do that sometimes.
Ultimately, it’s about my attitude. Paul faced traumatic circumstances, yet he chose to access heaven through Jesus. He chose intimacy over self-pity.
b. Our pressures will develop in us patient endurance. (Passion Translation)
When I first read the question, I only thought of suffering beyond my control. Unfortunately, some of my greatest trials were my own fault, and often, my responses made things worse.
God has a way of turning the tribulation thrown at us by a selfish and evil world into something beautiful if we turn to HIm and allow Him to refine us.
Even when I lost my mom before I graduated from high school and I got angry at God because I thought things should be easy for Christians, He was faithful.
He never left me alone or gave up on me. Like the prodigal son, I realized, where else can I turn? The world offers no hope. No peace. Nothing.
I learned to turn to God and His word for wisdom, strength, help, and comfort.
With our frequent moves, I often didn’t have close friends. So books and notebooks became my companions. Little did I know, God had a plan for my writing.
As Joseph said to his brothers, “As for you, you thought evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring about that many people should be kept alive, as they are this day.” (Genesis 50:20 AMPC)
Not everyone experiences this joyful response.
“Whatever virtues tribulation finds us in, it develops more fully. If anyone is carnal, weak, blind, wicked, irascible, haughty, and so forth, tribulation will make him more carnal, weak, blind, wicked and irritable. On the other hand, if one is spiritual, strong, wise, pious, gentle and humble, he will become more spiritual, powerful, wise, pious, gentle and humble.” (Martin Luther)
I didn’t begin with the long list of desirable virtues, and I still lack sanctification. But there is hope.
7. Hope is not a disappointing fantasy. (Passion Translation)
We are confident that God is able to orchestrate everything to work toward something good and beautiful when we love Him and accept His invitation to live according to His plan. (Romans 8:28 Voice)
The Holy Spirit floods us with God’s love.
He doesn’t use an eye-dropper. He pours it on!
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