The Apostle Paul writes, “we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. 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.” Romans, 5:4-5 NIV

“Perseverance (5281) (hupomone [Word Study] from hupo = under + meno = abide) ( means literally to abide under and so describes a bearing up under trials in a God-honoring way so as to learn the lesson for which they have been sent, rather than attempting to squirm out from under them in an effort to be relieved of their pressure. Hupomone is the strength to bear up under plus the persistent application of this strength and is ultimately not a grin and bear it attitude/action but a supernatural work of the Holy Spirit.”

When I read things like this, I wonder….If our sufferings do not produce perseverance? That is, we fail the test? What type of character would we have? And, is it then possible to have hope?