Nathan Schneider

21 Days – Day 3

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Romans 5:3, “Not only so, but we also praise in suffering, knowing that suffering produces perseverance.”

It’s interesting to note the emphasis placed on suffering in the New Testament. From the amount of references to suffering, one thing is clear: Christians will suffer. Why? Because our Savior suffered (Col. 1:24; Phil. 1:28; 1 Pet. 2:21, etc.). This suffering is not something to despair over (although the word suffering here could include instances of despair), but rather we can be in a spirit of praise, knowing the end result, which is perseverance. What does praise look like in a time of suffering? Some suggests that the word “in” is conditional, which would simply mean that in times of suffering we rejoice. Others suggests, and probably rightly so, based on the context of Paul’s greater argument that we rejoice IN our suffering. In other words, our suffering is the object of our boasting (remember that praise can also be translated “boast”).

If this is true, which I think it is, we ought not to be scared of suffering, but embracing towards it. We should say with Paul in Philippians 3:10, “My goal is to know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death.”

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