Devotion – Romans 5

S – And not only that, but we also boast in our afflictions, because we know that affliction produces endurance, endurance produces proven character, and proven character produces hope. This hope will not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

Romans 5:3–5 CSB

O –  Commentary:  

Suffering brings about perseverance (hypomonēn, “steadfastness,” the ability to remain under difficulties without giving in; cf. Rom. 15:5–6; James 1:3–4). Only a believer who has faced distress can develop steadfastness. That in turn develops character (dokimēn [“proof”] has here the idea of “proven character”), which in turn results in hope. As believers suffer, they develop steadfastness; that quality deepens their character; and a deepened, tested character results in hope (i.e., confidence) that God will see them through.

5:5. A believer’s hope, since it is centered in God and His promises, does not disappoint him. “Disappoint” means “put to shame because of disappointment” in unfulfilled promises. 

 “Romans,” in The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures

A – Love the progression in the commentary:  Suffer – developing steadfastness- deeper, tested character – hope, confidence and trust in God.  A difficult but rich journey.  I have seen this many times in my walk with God.  Each step is necessary and effective in its purpose.  It is perpetual in my relationship with God.

R – Lord, help me to embrace the journey of walking with you in the good and challenging times.  Let me grow closer to your character and purpose for me today.