More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
For the righteous falls seven times and rises again, but the wicked stumble in times of calamity.
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
Cast your burden on the LORD, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
The steps of a man are established by the LORD, when he delights in his way; though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong, for the LORD upholds his hand.
And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.
The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
Maybe you can think of someone you can share these with. God loves us and has also given us the capacity to love others, so why not love others so that they might know who Jesus’ disciples are?