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Tribulation Produces Patience

Day 326
Verse of the day

And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance;

Romans 5:3

The spiritual man’s joy is not affected by seasons. He has a makeup which causes him to rejoice always regardless of his circumstances. It’ll be presumptuous to say that he is no way affected by unpleasant situations, for, in truth, he is. But, unlike the natural man, in him resides the precious Holy Spirit bearing the fruit of Joy.

Tribulations and persecutions are usually undesirable. They may sometimes cause us to doubt the Father’s love for us. But through His word, and the constant reminder of Holy Spirit, we know that we not only rejoice in time of prosperity and good health but also in trials. We have an assurance of the goodness of these experiences and our attitude towards must be to rejoice.

To make clear the good in trials, tribulations, and persecutions, Apostle Paul, through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, tells us of their place in building patience which, like joy, is a fruit of the Spirit. Tribulations are exercises that produce patience as muscles which in turn help us go through life with strength, not just for us, but for others around us who are in need of lifting.

It is less likely patience to be expected when everything is good. What better way is there to build this up then than trials and tribulation.

In all, our joy is not just in the hope that our tests and trials will pass, knowing that they are temporal, but our joy resides in the revelation of the virtue of patience they work in us. This helps to make us thoroughly furnished into the character of Christ, relative to whom none was more patient.

References: James 1:3, John 16:33

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Today’s Confession

I rejoice not only in health and prosperity but also trials and tribulation. I will not lose my peace in those times but will release myself for patience to be worked in me that the very life of Christ will be seen in me.

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