Rejoicing in hope,
patient in tribulationóRom.12:12.
Here is an important
part of the great battle of the Christianís life. He must fight the
natural tendencies of the old nature and confidently anticipate the
victory in the strength of the great Captain of his Salvation. He
must not succumb to the flattering and deceptive influences of
prosperity, nor faint under the burdens of adversity. He must not
allow the trials of life to sour and harden his disposition, to make
him morose, or surly, or bitter, or unkind. Nor may he allow pride
or ostentation or self-righteousness to grow and feed upon the
temporal good things which the Lordís providence has granted him to
test his faithfulness as a steward.
Parallel passages: Phil. 4:4; 1.Thes. 4:2,73,6,7; 5:16; Luke
10:20; Rom. 15:3,4,13; 5:2-5; Heb.3:6; 10:36; 1.Pet. 4:13; Luke
21:19; Psa. 37:7; 40:1; Hab. 3:17,18; Col. 1:11; Jas. 1:2-4; 5:7; 1.Pet. 2:19,20; Heb. 12:1-3; 2.Thes.