God’s life-changing word overflows with his promises of real love, forgiveness, salvation, peace, hope, and joy for everyone who trusts in his Son, Jesus.
These five passages encourage followers of Christ that times of trouble produce endurance.
“Because oppressed people are robbed and needy people groan,
I will now arise,” says the Lord.
“I will provide safety for those who long for it.”
The promises of the Lord are pure,
like silver refined in a furnace and purified seven times.
But that’s not all. We also brag when we are suffering. We know that suffering creates endurance, endurance creates character, and character creates confidence. We’re not ashamed to have this confidence, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
Our suffering is light and temporary and is producing for us an eternal glory that is greater than anything we can imagine.
2 Corinthians 4:17
My brothers and sisters, be very happy when you are tested in different ways. You know that such testing of your faith produces endurance.
1 Peter 5:8-10