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Perserverance

May 22, 2023
Keith
Core Spirit member since Feb 26, 2023
Reading time 2 min.

And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance - Romans 5:3
Tribulation - great affliction, trial, or distress that tests one's endurance, patience, or faith.
No one enjoys going through difficult situations. We strive to avoid them as much as possible but without them, we can never achieve anything of lasting substance or character.
Character isn't inherited. One builds it daily by the way one thinks and acts, thought by thought, action by action.
-Helen Gahagan Douglas
Character takes on many shapes and forms and is a commendable quality to attain. But the most important one is Godly character. It's what God desires from us because his intentions are to be as selfless as possible.
Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself - Philippians 2:3
Being selfless is nearly impossible due to our sinful nature which seeks to make everything about us above others.
Adam and Eve lived in the Garden of Eden with God and he provided everything they would ever need to not only survive but thrive. His only command was to abstain from eating from the Tree of Life.
And yet that's exactly what they did and that one act of disobedience is the reason why everything bad in life accrues. But hope is not lost as God has provided a remedy that one day will restore all things to the way he desired from the beginning.
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
- Romans 5:8
The challenge we must endure to achieve this requires tribulation and sacrifice as a tool to strip us of selfish pride and to keep our focus on serving God and those he has placed around us in humility.
This process is difficult and even painful at times but it refines us like Gold is through fire.
That the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ,
- 1 Peter 1:7
In the end, we will be transformed into vessels of glory for our savior's praise and a blessing to those around us to give them hope from our example.
And that He might make known the riches of His glory on the vessels of mercy, which He had prepared beforehand for glory - Romans 9:23
The only question is will we take part in this transformation?

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