Christians need to be joyful, patient, and faithful

Why Not Believe?

As the Apostle Paul nears the end (relatively speaking) of his great Epistle to the Romans, he focuses on some of the more practical attitudes that Christians must have. The book of Romans is famous for the depth of it’s theology, but there are parts of it that are very down-to-Earth. All true, good, theology must be lived out in sincerity and simplicity. Here are three simple commands Paul gives us of how to live the Christian life.

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. (Romans 12:12)

Christians need to be Joyful in hope. We know that our sins are truly forgiven because Jesus has died for them on the cross, and we know that our future in heaven in perfect communion with God is an assured reality. This is the only thing that gives us real hope in our lives. There are other things that we might…

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