Paul’s inspired directions for living are simple and direct.
“Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying,” (Romans 12:12 NLT). The entire 12th chapter of Romans is filled with this kind of simple truth from beginning to end. But, let’s magnify this one pair of sentences for the beauty they impart.
“Rejoice in our confident hope.” Does it occur to you there is little of this? We must do more! Christians have much to be happy about, but our confident hope of heaven should be right at the top of the list, shouldn’t it?
“Be patient in trouble,” Paul says. Whenever trouble happens, bear up underneath it. Don’t let the troubles of the world crush you. Push up against it.
“Keep on praying.” Nothing in this world can separate us from the love of God (Romans 8:37-39). If we keep on praying, we keep our spiritual balance.
Such a simple triad of principles, yet they’re so rich in truth, aren’t they?