Our church has been studying Romans for… well, a while. This past week we were in the beginning of chapter 5. I’ve been reflecting on verses 1-5 and have realized that this section of Romans gives a little clarity to someone wrestling with how they fit into the Hebrews 6:4-8 post from May 16, 2008.
On a side note: I’ve just realized how long of a week it’s been! my last post was the 16th!
Back to the topic at hand… we studied that Romans 5 is calling us to a Christ-like response to suffering. A response that rejoices in suffering. A rejoicing defined by the perseverance and character that leads to hoping in the Glory of God. So if you experience suffering and your response includes perseverance in Christ and development of Christ like character then it seems you have reason to rejoice in the Hope of His Glory. This progression shows growth in Christ. I think we could restate growth as moving forward in your walk with Christ.
If Hebrews 6 is warning us about falling away and Romans 5 is showing us how to move forward, specifically related to suffering, then I see guidance. I see a stark contrast in the two choices I have when I’m suffering. I can choose to ignore Hope and reflect a vain heart or persevere honoring the character God gives us as we Hope in His Glory.