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English Article:GLORY IN TRIBULATIONS | Gladys Biju George

Tribulations are determined to be a part of a Christian life according to the scripture. Obviously no individual desires to face tribulations but the fact is mentioned in Acts 14:22 which states that, “We must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God”. This was just stated in order to strengthen the souls of disciples exhorting them to continue in the faith. All throughout the ministry of apostles we see a lot of tribulations and persecutions happened to them. Inspite of this it is mentioned in Romans 5:3,4 And not only, that but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; And perseverance, character; and character, hope. Here Apostle Paul says ‘We glory in tribulations’ stating something in present, a mere difficult thing and above that to be contended in these tribulations. As we keep on facing tribulations it produces perseverance which ultimately leads to develop character and hope i.e hope of an eternal life. Many a times most of us become disappointed when trials come which eventually leads to question God and his will. Prayers are focused to remove these tribulations but it’s not a solution. As a believer we are supposed to glory in all tribulations which our master gives. Hence the man of God says in Psalms: 119:71 It is good for me that I have been afflicted that I may learn your statues. It gives us an assurance that God doesn’t forget us thereby helping us to hear his voice. Since there is always a hope Moses choosed to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin. (Heb: 11:25) Before the crucification Jesus Christ assured his disciples saying that “In the world you will have tribulations; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” (John: 16:33).May our Lord help us to be strong in the tribulations of our life. God bless all.

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