6 Reasons to Have Hope In the Midst of Suffering

Romans 8 is a theologically rich passage of scripture. In it The Apostle Paul digs deep into the blessings of the Gospel: freedom from condemnation, life in the power of the Holy Spirit, adoption into the family of God, the unbreakable chain of salvation, and the eternal security of the believer. I don’t think it’s an overstatement to say that a Christian can spend their entire life plunging the depths of this great chapter.

These truths were meant to give the believers in Rome (and us) hope in the midst of trials and suffering. This is the primary focus of verses 18-39. Here we see that because of the promises of God in the Gospel, we can have hope when we meet affliction in this life. Consider the 6 reasons to hope in the midst of suffering:

1. The Future Glory is Better Than The Present Sufferings
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. -Romans 8:18

2. Everything Will Be Made New
Creation will be made new:
For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. -Romans 8:19-22

Our bodies will be made new:
And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. -Romans 8:23

3. The Holy Spirit Prays For You
Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. -Romans 8:26-27

4. God Works For Your Good
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. -Romans 8:28

5. God Has Saved You
For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified. -Romans 8:29-30

6. Nothing Can Separate You From His Love
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. -Romans 8:35-39

Are you weary in your trials? Is your faith being tested by affliction and suffering? Cling to these promises of God’s Word. After all, He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? (8:32)

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