Joy in the Lessons

Romans 5:3-4 NIV, “Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.”

Although we don’t delight in suffering, especially while it’s happening to us, we know that God has a purpose for all of our hardships. We can rejoice knowing that as we persevere through our hardships, we are growing in character and hope.

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The lessons we’ve learned from the difficulties we’ve faced, the wrong choices we’ve made, or from our spiritual journey of learning to trust the Lord, will benefit us throughout our lives.

No part of our life story is ever wasted. Every single chapter has a purpose, has helped us to become who we are today, and has allowed us to be able to help others. Just because we don’t understand every page of every chapter, doesn’t mean it’s not part of God’s plan.

The experiences we’ve had all work together for good as we continue to love, trust, and serve the Lord.

28 thoughts on “Joy in the Lessons

  1. Just because we don’t understand every chapter, it does not mean it is not part of Gods plan – that sentence just really struck me. Just today I was talking about this with a friend and how we don’t always have the answers to our why, but we cannot despair. We trust God because we know He has a reason and a purpose.
    Blessings to you Dawn 💙.

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  2. I think one has to be really ‘different’ to enjoy the hardship and suffering we endure as we walk in faith. There is no delight or happiness at the time we drink that bitter cup but joy does come. It comes like the breaking of dawn after a very dark night. It is imperceptible at first. The first wisps of light that cut through the shadows you have to squint to see. Slowly joy gets stronger and stronger until nothing can hold it back. Finally the night it over and the bright joy of the Son is full in your world. No, there is little joy in the night but the joy that comes from the Son will rise again in the life of the one who follows Him in faith.

    Yes Dawn, as we persevere in the lessons, enduring patiently the crafting of our character into Jesus, joy does blossom. Hope, trust, faith, love. All get boiled down together until they form in us something new and beautiful. The life of Jesus in us and coming through us. For this we walk through the valley of despair to come out shining like the sun on the other side. May we all walk the path of faith, enduring the loss of the created so we gain the Creator.

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  3. It’s not easy, but with faith and trusting the Lord we learn to persevere through the difficult times, knowing that God is with us and has a purpose and a plan for us. Dawn, I agree that being open and receptive to God’s lessons and plans will bring us joy.

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  4. “We can rejoice knowing that as we persevere through our hardships, we are growing in character and hope.”

    I definitely need these words. I’m glad hope is always in there. There isn’t much worse than the feeling of hopelessness, may God fill us with hope and peace in our suffering.

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    1. Glad this was helpful to you Tina. Hope is very important. I just remembered this verse…Psalm 25:3 NIV, “No one who hopes in you will ever be put to shame…” Yes May He full us always. Thank you! ❤️

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  5. Amen! God has used my life trials to bring greater praise to Him. I think back when I was laid off at a school district years ago. God used this opportunity to move my family to a new town where my three daughters would grow up and attend all of their years of elementary through high school.

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