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The Calculus of Romans Five

The Word of God is alive, mystic and illustrative. The Holy Spirit inspired it all and through Saint Paul gave us these verses:

Therefore, since we have been justified [that is, acquitted of sin, declared blameless before God] by faith, [let us grasp the fact that] we have peace with God [and the joy of reconciliation with Him] through our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed). Through Him we also have access by faith into this [remarkable state of] grace in which we [firmly and safely and securely] stand. Let us rejoice in our [a]hope and the confident assurance of [experiencing and enjoying] the glory of [our great] God [the manifestation of His excellence and power]. And not only this, but [with joy] let us exult in our sufferings and rejoice in our hardships, knowing that hardship (distress, pressure, trouble) produces patient endurance; and endurance, proven character (spiritual maturity); and proven character, hope and confident assurance [of eternal salvation]. Such hope [in God’s promises] never disappoints us, because God’s love has been abundantly poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.From <https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Romans%205&version=KJV,AMP>

We learn to rejoice in problems and trials and while we learn that it is a process  but it is not so enjoyable on its face.  We also know that these problems teach us how to wait [without complaint, to quiet our wants and selfish motives ⥤ focus on things outside ourselves]

This tedious patience ≳

this waiting on the Lord≳

This refusal to give up ⥤

This is the aim and goal of character building He employs for our benefit.  These tense periods are so difficult that He personally mediates how long they last. His good pleasure is to give us the Kingdom.

All of this brings about experience→ Nothing compares to experience↡                      as a change agent

Experience informs pain, tolerance

     depth;

     renders time meaningless

Experience is the difference between fathers, young men and children [I John 2:13]

This is the victory; not strength, nor stamina

Experience provides the ability for patience to flourish; patience begins to wane without reinforcement.

Experience always re-assures that “God is in control”

Experience takes us to the future where hope abides

We dare not lose hope or faith, two invaluable footholds as we make the climb . . . 

We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.  We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.  For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may also be revealed in our mortal body.   [2 Corinthians 4:8-10]

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