Romans 5:3-5

When you start a new diet or workout regimen, you typically have some optimism. You start with a problem (the button on my jeans and the hole it is supposed to fasten into are several inches apart), and a goal (I want to fit into these jeans again). If you never see any results from the diet or workout program, you quit and buy new “fat jeans.” If, however, you see some early results, it is easy to gain steam. The more weight you lose, the harder you want to work to meet your goal.
Beyond the fact that Jesus broke down the barrier between God and us (a huge deal, obviously) He gives us purpose. He presents a problem (we fall way short of Jesus’ standard), and He gives us a goal, or purpose.
My purpose in life as a believer is to reflect glory to God through my life—my goal is to be like Jesus. This is a process.  In 2 Corinthians 3:18 Paul says that we as believers are being slowly but surely transformed from one image (who we were) to another (one which looks like Jesus). 
Because we want to be like Jesus, we rejoice in suffering. This seems counter-intuitive, but the fact is that we are so far from being like Jesus in a day-to-day kind of way, we need a lot of work. 
Suffering forces us to endure and that builds character. As we see character being formed in us, hope blossoms. Hope is a confident expectation…which begs the question—of what? Well, we have a confident expectation that God is working in us to good effect. God has filled us with His love through the Holy Spirit so that God’s work is evident. 
So, though the road is long and often hard, we have hope because God has promised that once He begins a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. (Phil. 1:6)
Romans 5:3-5  More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance,  and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.

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