Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us. [Romans 5:3-5 NIV]
Help me connect the dots…
I see how suffering produces perseverance
I see how perseverance produces character
I see how hope does not disappoint us because of God love poured into our hearts
But how does character lead to hope? I’ve been puzzling this for a bit now. The best thing I can come up with is that because you trust in the Lord enough in your sufferings to persevere and see that you can lean on him while you’re developing this character in your difficult times, that he really is trustworthy enough to hope in?
Oh learned sages…what say you?