- What is your outlook on struggle in this world?
- When was a time in your life that you actively chose to have hope? What was the first step you took towards that hope?
- When it comes to your struggles, you have a choice. Do you feel like you’ve focused on your struggles or chosen to have hope?
- How have your previous struggles shaped who your character and who you are today? What are positive things that have come from past hurts?
- Are you naturally hopeful or hopeless? How so?
Read Romans 5:3-5
3 We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. 4 And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. 5 And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.
Read through Romans 5:3-5. This passage lays out a roadmap to hope. We can rejoice in our trials because they can develop endurance, which produces strength of character, and that character shaping our confident hope.
Problems & Trials → Endurance → Strength → Character → Hope of Salvation
Think about a current struggle that you’re going through. Place yourself on this progression. Are you seeing the potential endurance and strength that could come from your current trial? Are you building character and holding onto hope? Or are you sitting and dwelling on your struggle?
Wherever you’re at on that map, what can you do to take one step forward? Instead of dwelling on the pain, how are your struggles helping you to develop endurance for whatever else might happen? Instead of feeling hopeless, how is your character being molded and shaped by what you’re going through?
Verse 5 gives us something to hope in. We know that God loves us because he has given us his Holy Spirit to dwell inside of us. No matter what we’re going through, that is always something we can hope in.
-How have your previous struggles shaped who you are today? How have they affected your character?
Make The Change
This week, decide to get to a place of hope in the midst of struggle.
- Look back at your past to a moment of struggle and choose to see the hope that came from that struggle.
- Let that motivate you to find hope in your present situation(s) of struggle.