Becoming Hopeful

23 Aug

Romans 5:4  And endurance (fortitude) develops maturity of character (approved faith andtried integrity). And character [of this sort] produces [the habit of]joyful and confident hope of eternal salvation.

Experience/endurance:  The word rendered experience (dokimhn) means trial, testing, or that thorough examination by which we ascertain the quality or nature of a thing, as when we test a metal by fire, or in any other way, to ascertain that it is genuine. It also means approbation, or the result of such a trial; the being approved, and accepted as the effect of a trying process. The meaning is, that long afflictions borne patiently show a Christian what he is; they test his faith, and prove that it is genuine.

  • The experience mentioned is the experience of knowing how to get along with another imperfect person, which makes it possible to have a continuing relationship with this person(s).  Another side of this experience is knowing how to handle a crisis.  Knowing that this crisis did not take God by surprise.  This experience leads us to:

Hope:  expectation of good, hope in the Christian sense joyful and confident expectation of eternal salvation, on hope, in hope, having hope, the author of hope, or he who is its foundation.

It is easy to lose hope in a situation that has been going on for many years.  We’ll look at losing hope in the next post.

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