June 10, 2019

Romans 8:17 Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.

Paul has been writing here about the ways the Holy Spirit works in the lives of believers- fitting for Pentecost. But, as the old song goes, I never promised you a rose garden. Suffering may be involved. We often wish we could protect our children from the pains and disappointments of life but that is not the way it works and sometimes they are better people for having dealt with these pains and disappointments. Maybe what lies un-articulated between the lines here is that the Holy Spirit can give us courage. If there is suffering to be faced, the Holy Spirit can give us the courage to face it, not without struggle but with purpose and resolve. Maybe. I guess I hope so, at least. How do you share in his sufferings in order to share in his glory?

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