S – And not only that, but we also boast in our afflictions, because we know that affliction produces endurance, 4 endurance produces proven character, and proven character produces hope. 5 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.