Romans 5: 1 - 5 (verse 5)
1 Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God.
3 Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance;
4 perseverance, character; and character, hope.
5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
Why shouldn't we be ashamed of suffering? God's love is poured out into our hearts in times of suffering. If faith is the starting point and hope, the end point, then God's love, in particular, is the medium or catalyst. When God is involved and doing something in our midst, there is no cause for shame despite what others think.
Debunk the belief that suffering is a result of sin. While sin deceptively leads to a downfall, suffering per se is not intended as a penalty or punishment for our sins. Those have been dealt with by Christ. In this context, and probably others as well, suffering bears the heart of the Father to those of us who are going through it. Suffering, in fact, reminds us that the Lord himself has taken this path before. Suffering is intended instead for our character change and building, repentance and transformation included. During such times, we can rest assured that God's love is with us.
Lord, we will cherish our 'cross'. We will not be ashamed for you are with us in our suffering. Thank you for pouring out your love into our hearts during these diﬃcult times.