The End Work of Tribulations

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Romans 5:3 “And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;”

Everybody will face tribulation, but not everybody will allow tribulation to do the work in their lives that God wants it to do. Paul said that “we glory in tribulations.” He is saying that we revel in the fact that we have tribulations. He is saying that we take pleasure in the fact that tribulations are in our lives. How can Paul make this statement that we glory in our tribulations? He could say this because he understood the end work of tribulation. Before I show you the end work of tribulation, let me show you what happens between the beginning of tribulation and the end.

The first thing that tribulation does is it works our patience. In other words, tribulation will produce patience. It is not that patience is something that we should ask for, but it is something that every believer must have if they are going to become what God wants them to be.

Now, patience gives experience. You will gain the experience you need to help others if you learn to be patient while going through tribulation. You will never gain the experience to help others in their hard times if you are not patient during your tribulations. It is being patient while God brings you through your tribulations that gives you the experience you need to help others.

Moreover, experience gives hope. Experience says, “I have been through this before, and it will come to an end.” Experience says, “God has always done a good work in previous tribulations, and He will do a good work in the present tribulation.” The hope that experience gives is what challenges you to continue despite your hardships.

So, what is the end of tribulations? Verse 5 shows us when it says, “And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.” The end of tribulations is the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts. What is the love of God? The love of God is to give of yourself to others. In other words, the end work of tribulations causes us to help others. The whole purpose of tribulations is so that we can be a better tool for God to use to help others. The love of God is that He gave His life for others. The love of God caused Jesus to endure the suffering of the cross so that many could be saved. Likewise, the love of God in your heart will produce a desire to help others.

My friend, you will never know the love of God in your heart fully until you let tribulation work its way to the end of His love being shed abroad in your heart. In other words, the end of tribulations is so that you can show God’s love better to others. Others cannot see the love of God in your life until they see how He helps you while you go through tribulations.

One word is critical to this whole process. It says in the verse above, “but we glory in tribulations.” Notice that God did not say “tribulation” but “tribulations.” In other words, God must allow you to go through several hard times to allow His love to perfect its work in your life so that you can gain the experience to help others. You will never have the experience to help others IF you don't go through hard times. Stop complaining about the tribulations you face, and realize that God is allowing you to go through them so that you can know His love better so that you can help others better.

Dr. Allen Domelle


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