Produces Low-Mindedness, Understanding, Love and Compassion
Romans 5:3 tells us that tribulation works patience in us. As we learn to rest in patience, we realize the experience of salvation and sanctification. By the success and victory of this experience, we gain the hope for deliverance. Finally, somehow through it all, we are enlarged in our capacity to love God, and through us this love of God is shed abroad to others.
Romans 5:3-5 is an amazing sequence of events—not at all understood by the lost, but every believer whom God has carried during times of tribulation can attest its validity. These times can be very trying. It’s easier to say to someone else “Just rest in God” than actually to do it ourselves when the thermostat of our “trying furnace” is turned up until we find ourselves pressed out of measure. But rather than claiming that such tribulation is unscriptural, God’s intent is to teach us to rejoice in tribulation and grow in grace. This brings a humbling that brings more low-mindedness concerning ourselves.
It’s a work with a price, but a necessary price worth the cost. Most of all, with each occurrence of tribulation, we realized more love for God, gain a deeper understanding of love and acquire more compassion for others.
And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
And patience, experience; and experience, hope:
And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.