Romans 5:1-5 Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.
The book of Romans not only proclaims the gospel of Jesus Christ; it also explains the gospel. We are told that we all have fallen short of the glory of God. But we are also told of the road back to experiencing the glory of God once again. And herein is our joy, our rejoicing. We rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. This hope is a sure destination if we continue on this road, Jesus being the way. And even while we are encountering suffering moving toward our final destination, we don't despair. Suffering is producing in us a perseverance, pressing on in the face of adversity. Suffering shows us that we have not yet reached our journey's end but that we are still on the road. In traveling a road, we must go through to get to our destination. And as we persevere, something is happening in our lives. Our suffering is helping to build character, just as pushing against resistance builds physical muscles. And character is so very important to us as Christians. When we come to Christ, we are in Him becoming like Him, children of the Most High God. Character has to do with who we are. Who we are should determine what we do in every situation, the good and the bad. And as we learn to live in and by who we are, new creations in Christ, children of our Heavenly Father, we live in hope. And how can we have hope even when we suffer, even when we are still growing and becoming? Because of the love of God. His love makes a way where there seems to be no way.
Chapters 5-8 of Romans are some of the most rich yet basic truths of God's Word to us. Just reading some of the headings throughout these chapters shows us our path of hope. I'm not sure what headings your Bible may have over these passages, but here are some of mine: Death Through Adam, Life Through Christ; Dead to Sin, Alive in Christ; Struggling With Sin; Life Through the Spirit; Future Glory; More Than Conquerors. This is us! This is our life! And as it begins with the love of God, so it ends with the love of God. No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:37-39). Even when we're "pushing up daisies," we always end up with "He loves me!"