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Romans 5: 1-4: “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character hope.” Peace here is not a subjective feeling of peace. Rather, this peace is the state of being at peace instead of at war. The hostility between God and the believer has ceased. The believer has been reconciled to God. Believers have been granted admission to stand before God. Tribulations refers to physical hardship, suffering and distress.Perseverance means endurance. Trials and tribulations produces endurance when we practice faith during those difficult times. God works in these times to develop certain qualities and virtues that will strengthen us and draw us closer to Him. The result is fortified hope in God and His promises.

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