Wes McAdams and Travis Pauley discuss a listener’s question concerning Romans 5:3-5, which says, “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.” They compare Romans 5:3-5 with a well-known saying, “Watch your thoughts, they become your words; watch your words, they become your actions; watch your actions, they become your habits; watch your habits, they become your character; watch your character, it becomes your destiny” (Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching).

  • What does it mean that character produces hope?
  • Are we supposed to be developing character or are we supposed to be developing hope?
  • What role does suffering play in our development?
  • How should we respond to suffering?

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