I. If you understand the purpose of trials it will help you to be able to rejoice even in trials (vv. 3-5)
Rom 12:12 Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;
Two illustrations of tribulations are found in the threshing floor and a olive/grape press
The purpose of trials: To mature us (Rom 5:3-5) into the ultimate – the image of Christ (Rom 8:28, 29)
II. If you understand the love of God in trials it will help you to be able to rejoice even in trials
What is my motivation? Why should I “rejoice” to go through trials?
Who are my examples?
Joseph (Gen 50:19, 20) and Naomi (Ruth 4:14-17)
THE KEY: For those walking in the Spirit there will be joy
For those walking in the flesh these will be anger, frustration, bitterness and contempt (Rom 2:7-9)