Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.Romans 12:12(ESV)
Paul composed a lengthy and weighty letter to the Roman Church that addressed every issue that is so vital to living the normal Christian life, in this post-cross era. His extensive epistle is written in such a way as to provide a wonderful understanding of all church-age doctrines and how to apply them in our lives today, so that we are enabled to live a victorious Christian life – the life that God intended for all His children.
Just as the main body of Romans is lengthy and weighty, so his final remarks are by contrast are succinct yet compelling. In a few short, crisp verses Paul sums up all that is necessary to live a life that is pleasing to the Lord and in verse 12 we are encouraged to Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.
To rejoice in hope is to have that unfaltering assurance in God’s Word as fact - knowing that our hope of glory is secured for us in heavenly places for the eternal ages to come, simply because God’s Word is true and cannot be broken. Our hope is built on nothing less than trusting in the cross of Christ and taking God at His Word.
To be patient in tribulation is to know and accept that in this world we will have tribulation – but to wait patiently in our suffering, without murmurings - and to be of good cheer, knowing that His strength is sufficient to see us through every difficulty of life, because He has already overcome sin and death – and we are united with Him and His victory.
To be constant in prayer is to recognise that prayer, is one of the chief weapons of the spiritual warfare in which all Christians are engaged. As saints of God we should all be instant in prayer – constantly lifting our hearts and voice to the Lord in prayers of thanks and praise and intercession and requests – and laying them before the throne of God’s Grace, in the name of JESUS - knowing that greater is He that is in us that He that is in the world.
Let us exercise all Paul’s short, crisp instructions for godly living that are found in this final section of His epistle to the Romans as well as taking time to study this lengthy and weighty letter that has been written for our learning – so that we too may live a life that is pleasing to the Lord – so that Christ can be seen in me, and also in you.
Loving Father, thank You for the Word of God and the godly instructions that are laid out for the Church - especially in the epistles of Paul. In hope, may I rejoice – in tribulation, may I endure and in prayer may I persevere, as I press on to the goal of my calling, in Jesus name I pray, AMEN.