I’ve always struggled with a passage in the Bible claiming that if I can manage to persevere through my various trials, I’ll find hope. I’d love to have more hope, we all know it changes everything, but the following’s always been tough for me:
“…we also rejoice in our struggles, because we know that struggling produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope…” (St. Paul in his letter to the Roman Christians 5:3-4).
I know many people who have courageously persevered through trials and difficult times and yet aren’t people who you would classify as “filled with hope.” I’ve also had a few occasions where I managed to hold fast and did what was right (although not as many as I would like). While my times of “successful” struggling have paid certain dividends, hope is usually not one of them. I typically find myself relieved but looking over my shoulder for…
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