A New View of Suffering

“And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope” (vv. 3–4). – Romans 5:3-5

We have seen that Paul is writing in Romans 5:1–11 to show the Roman Christians how assured is their salvation. Amazingly, one of the clearest evidences of the believer’s security has to do with tribulations, or, more specifically, the believer’s attitude toward them. Filled with peace and hope, he can “glory in tribulations.”…

He can do so, Paul writes, because he has learned a lesson no unbeliever can grasp—that tribulations are merely a tool in God’s hands for his good. “Christians rejoice in suffering because of what they know about it,” Dr. James M. Boice explains. “God uses our troubles, trials, and tribulations to form Christian character.” View article →