Discipline, Character and Hope

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I have recently discovered the reading plans at http://www.youversion.com/. While I also own the excellent Glo bible software, as well as ESword, I like the fact that youversion will work on my Android smartphone, my Android tablet, as well as my desktop computer – or in fact anywhere where else I can get a web connection (there are apps for you iPhone and blackberry users also). It also can be set to remind you to do your daily reading/study. I highly recommend that if like me you have trouble at times being motivated to read Gods Word on a daily basis, then youversion might be the ticket for you!
This study is inspired by day 2 of the “parenting by design daily devotional”

Todays study verses:
Romans 5:3-5
3 More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance,4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope,5 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.

Suffering hurts! Not just for those that are suffering, but also for those that are watching. Its like that with our children, just as it must be for God watching us at times. As much as we would like to put a wall up around or rescue our children every time they make a bad choice, we need to learn which “suffering” will provide a valuable lesson that will build discipline and character. “Dont inhibit your child’s growth by rescuing them from or taking over difficult situations”. Balance that though… just as God will never place a temptation before us that He cannot help us conquer (1 Corinthians 10:13), don’t allow your children to suffer to the extent that they become “scarred” rather then “stronger”!

More reading: Verses on trials and tribulations
http://www.openbible.info/topics/trials_and_tribulations

Cheers, Joh.

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