3 And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance;
4 and perseverance, character; and character, hope.
Glory (in this verse) = rejoice
perseverance — not passive, the ability to remain strong while bearing the burden of tribulation.
We rejoice in the ability to endure. For unbelievers, happiness here is all they have, so tribulations rob them of everything.
Experience (character) = consciousness of having endured tribulation effectually which is proof of the presence of the Holy Spirit. This proof encourages us in hope.
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