007 – Faith and Suffering (Romans: A Life of Faith)
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Within the first couple of verse in chapter five, Paul outlines chapters 5-8. However, in verse three he turns quickly to the question of suffering. Human suffering presents us with one of life’s greatest challenges. Why does a good, loving, and all-powerful God allow suffering? Rather than offer an apology, Paul asserts that we should “boast” (or “glory”) in our suffering.

He goes on to trace a thread from suffering to hope that runs through character development. Where he lands is the assurance of a “hope” that will not disappoint us, will not shame our confidence in God. Why? Because the love of God in the Person of the Spirit is freely given as assurance to those who trust God’s Messiah, Jesus, to be trustworthy.