Friday, September 18, 2009

Daily - 9/18/09

Romans 5:1-5

1 Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,

2 through whom we have gained access (by faith) to this grace in which we stand, and we boast in hope of the glory of God.

3 Not only that, but we even boast of our afflictions, knowing that affliction produces endurance,

4 and endurance, proven character, and proven character, hope,

5 and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out into our hearts through the holy Spirit that has been given to us.

Friday morning men's bible study was particularly good today. Ted Stann led us as we began Romans 5, and we spent a lot of time on these verses.

Verses 3-5 give me chills, and describe in a nutshell our journey of faith on this earth. We will undoubtedly suffer, but as we walk further along in our faith, we understand from our own experience that suffering DOES produce endurance, endurance DOES produce character, and character DOES produce hope. And hope does not disappoint.

The 9 of us in the room could unanimously testify to the truth of these words. We know they are true because we have lived them out.

Gotta love that.