VERSE OF THE DAY
Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.
Rejoice in the hope we confide in in confidence do not fear in trouble but be patient and always pray
What do Romans 12 12 mean?
“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” Romans 12:12. The above verse shows us how we are to respond in various situations we face in life. Our hearts should be full of joy because we have hope in Christ. When facing troubles, patience will prevent us from giving up before seeing our victory.
What does the Bible say about being patient in affliction?
At a time when persecution intensified toward the newly organized Church, the Lord said to Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery, “Be patient in afflictions, for thou shalt have many; but endure them, for, lo, I am with thee, even unto the end of thy days.” (D&C 24:8.)
What Does Romans 12:12 Mean? ►
Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.
Paul composed a lengthy and weighty letter to the Roman Church that addressed every issue that is so vital to living the normal Christian life, in this post-cross era. His extensive epistle is written in such a way as to provide a wonderful understanding of all church-age doctrines and how to apply them in our lives today, so that we are enabled to live a victorious Christian life – the life that God intended for all His children.
Just as the main body of Romans is lengthy and weighty, so his final remarks are by contrast are succinct yet compelling. In a few short, crisp verses Paul sums up all that is necessary to live a life that is pleasing to the Lord and in verse 12 we are encouraged to Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.
To rejoice in hope is to have that unfaltering assurance in God’s Word as fact – knowing that our hope of glory is secured for us in heavenly places for the eternal ages to come, simply because God’s Word is true and cannot be broken. Our hope is built on nothing less than trusting in the cross of Christ and taking God at His Word.
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To be patient in tribulation is to know and accept that in this world we will have tribulation – but to wait patiently in our suffering, without murmurings – and to be of good cheer, knowing that His strength is sufficient to see us through every difficulty of life, because He has already overcome sin and death – and we are united with Him and His victory.
To be constant in prayer is to recognise that prayer, is one of the chief weapons of the spiritual warfare in which all Christians are engaged. As saints of God we should all be instant in prayer – constantly lifting our hearts and voice to the Lord in prayers of thanks and praise and intercession and requests – and laying them before the throne of God’s Grace, in the name of JESUS – knowing that greater is He that is in us that He that is in the world.
Let us exercise all Paul’s short, crisp instructions for godly living that are found in this final section of His epistle to the Romans as well as taking time to study this lengthy and weighty letter that has been written for our learning – so that we too may live a life that is pleasing to the Lord – so that Christ can be seen in me, and also in you.
Romans 12:12: A Simple Scripture That Releases Power!
I was listening to David Wagner the other day as he shared a prophetic word around the coronavirus pandemic. As I was reflecting on what he was saying, I was reminded of one of my favorite verses in the entire Bible, Romans 12:12, and something began to stir deep inside me. I like to think of this scripture as a good foundation which we should live when going through times of crisis. “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” It’s such a short passage but is packed with action steps by which we should all live. The depth and power identified in these three short action steps will ignite a spark within us that can inspire us during any situation.
“Be Joyful in Hope”–Hope is the confident trust with an expectation of fulfillment. God is our source of hope (Romans 15) and all we have to do is to be joyful in Him. James 1:2 says “When troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great Joy” We all know who is ultimately victorious, it’s Jesus Christ. So why not trust in Him and change the world through any circumstance we face with thankfulness and joy? There is power in joy. Joy is a key to the Kingdom (Romans 14), joy heals (Proverbs 17) and in the fullness of joy, He is present (Psalms 16). Don’t take for granted a smile and a laugh because those represent the fruit and authority of joy you carry.
“Patient in affliction”–Have you ever prayed for patience? I think that all of us have prayed for this fruit at one time in our lives. Then we like to think, I prayed for it so now I have patience. Thanks God! Instead, God then gives us encounters or situations to develop our character, to learn to react out of love, and then we are able to grow in our patience. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 is a powerful passage. Verse 4 starts out saying, “Love is patient and kind,” and then verse 7 ends with, “Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful and endures through every circumstance.” Notice it said, “Love is patient.” The Bible also tells us that God is love, thus, it is fair to say God is patient. Another way we could read this phrase, “Patient in affliction,” is “God is in affliction.” That is powerful! Seek and choose God when times of affliction are occurring because He is always the right choice!
“Faithful in Prayer”–God is making this so simple for us. Be faithful in relationship and also be faithful in prayer. He wants us to be dependent on Him in every circumstance, whether in the midst of a trial or a time of great breakthrough. But sometimes, we believe in prayer and we pray but it seems like the situation worsens and we start to lose hope. The enemy sweeps in and causes us to wonder, “What do I do now? God, where are you? I thought you loved me?” But at a time like this, we must fully surrender and continue to be faithful in prayer. What does full surrender look like? We continue to trust in the midst of the toughest circumstances of our life.
We give up our desire to take action and control the outcome and we simply trust Him. His love for us is unconditional. He wants a faithful son and daughter to pray and trust in Him. When you don’t know what to pray, pray in tongues, or play worship music. He will speak to you, but continue to fight from that place of relationship.
It is all about Him. Be hopeful. Be joyful. Smile. Laugh. Be patient. Trust Him in the process. Be loving. Be faithful. Be thoughtful. Seek Him consistently. There is power in this verse. May He bless you by opening your eyes to new perspectives and aligning His heart with yours. Love ~ Neil
Neil has been the office administrator since June, 2019. Did you know…when Neil was young, he wanted to be the starting outfielder for the California Angles?
Romans 12:12 Meaning of Be Joyful in Hope, Patient in Affliction
“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”
Explanation and Commentary of Romans 12:12
This verse from Paul comes in a section that exhorts his readers to love others well. As we seek to love and bless others, we will have to mind our dispositions. We are admonished to be joyful as we have hope. This life, even in the best of times, is not without a fair amount of affliction. What should set the Christian apart is the joy that she has, even in the face that affliction.
The power for hope, joy, patience, and faithfulness comes from the Holy Spirit and the sure knowledge of the Gospel. If you rearrange the verse you get a good order for approaching it. Pray faithfully to increase the hope that you have in Christ. Prayer will lead to patience and joy, even when being afflicted.
Breaking Down the Key Parts of Romans 12:12
#1 “Be joyful…”
Joy is part of our birthright at God’s children. Those who have taken the light burden and easy yoke of Christ (Mat 11:30) will be able to feel joyful even in the most difficult of trials. Consider the child whose family is in great difficulty, but who has a kind and gentle father in the home. She will not remember the hardship of growing up, only the joy she had in the presence of her father. Christians are called to live in such a way as children of God. To cultivate faith is to cultivate joy.
#2 “…in hope,”
Isaiah 40:31 says, “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” It is not good to hope in just anything. In Nazi concentration camps, it was those who hoped who failed to hold up when hopes died. If they said, “Surely we’ll be home by the new year,” they were unable to bear it when the new year came and went and they were still there in bondage. But those who hope in God and his promises will have an unlimited supply of hope and have their strength renewed.
#3 “patient in affliction,”
“In this world, you will have trouble, but take heart! I have overcome the world” (Jn 16:33). Christians should not be surprised when they are afflicted. The New Testament authors and Jesus himself never shied away from admitting the fact. Times of affliction are the best opportunities to learn the patience that is the fruit of the Spirit and of abiding in Christ. We will be tested in the “furnace of affliction” for our refinement and conformity into the image of Christ (Isa 48:10). We are blessed if we patiently endure it.
#4 “faithful in prayer.”
God is faithful to us. His nature never changes. His promises never fail. His call to us is to walk in faithfulness towards him and to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thes 5:17). Those who seek to be faithful to him who is faithful to us will live out this faithfulness in prayer. Prayer is our great calling and privilege as we are allowed to “approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need” (Heb 4:18). If we are faithful in prayer, we will find the patience to endure, and the joy promised in Christ.
for Monday, December 12, 2016
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
Thoughts on Today’s Verse…
How can we keep our circumstances from determining our mood? How can we emancipate ourselves from the limitations that life deals us? The last in the trio of commandments opens the door for the other two to be true — we can rejoice in hope and we can be patient in affliction because we have been faithful in prayer. No matter what our situation is, we can pray with joy because of our hope in Christ no matter what our current situation is. We can remain patient, persevering through affliction, by presenting our requests and intercessions to God with thanksgiving. Prayer is God’s gift to us so that we can be patient and joyful, even when things don’t appear to be going well.
Father, I thank you, because no matter what struggles I face, you assure me of ultimate victory. I thank you, dear God, because no matter the hardship or burden, I know you will help me through it and bring me to your presence with great joy. Until that day of ultimate victorious joy, please ransom my heart from discouragement by the power of your Holy Spirit. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
The Thoughts and Prayer on Today’s Verse are written by Phil Ware. You can email questions or comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Today’s Verse Illustrated
What does Romans 12:12 mean?
Paul continues to describe our lives in Christ in a series of related short commands. The three commands in this verse are key to the emotional and spiritual well-being of every Christian.
The first command to Christians is to rejoice in hope. Often, we resist instruction about what we should feel: that we should change our attitudes to be joyful. The idea here, though, is more about declaring ourselves as having reason for joy. It’s not a command to be happy, but to have the right perspective on our situation. We should agree with God that our hope is worth rejoicing over. What hope? Paul is referring to the hope of the redemption of our bodies and being united with our Father forever once our adoption is complete (Romans 8:23–24).
The next command is to be patient in tribulation or affliction. This becomes much easier if we are keeping the other two commands. Those who see their future worth celebrating and who pray to the Father continually will have a much easier time being patient during hardship. Paul is not downplaying the genuine pain of those experiences. Life can be unpleasant, and not all moments are happy moments. Yet Paul has pointed out that the struggles of life on earth are not worth comparing with the glory to come (Romans 8:18). So, we wait with patience (Romans 8:25). The final command of the verse also connects with Paul’s thoughts in Romans chapter 8. We’re commanded to be constant in prayer, or to keep praying continually. During any time of suffering, while waiting for what we’re hoping in, we should pray. Prayer brings a connection with our Father through the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:26–27). He hears, understands, and helps in response to even our clumsiest attempts to communicate with Him.
Romans 12:9–21 is a list of numerous brief, bullet-pointed commands. Taken together, they paint a picture of what the living-sacrifice Christian life should look like. The unifying theme of the list is setting ourselves aside, to effectively love and serve the Lord, each other, and even our enemies. We must serve with enthusiasm and focus, mastering our emotions to rejoice in our future and be patient in our present. We must refuse to sink to evil’s level in taking revenge and instead overcome evil by doing good to those who harm us.
In Romans 12, Paul describes the worship of our God as becoming living sacrifices to our God, giving up seeking what we want from life and learning to know and serve what God wants. That begins with using our spiritual gifts to serve each other in the church. Paul’s list of commands describes a lifestyle of setting ourselves aside. Our goal as Christians is to love and lift each other up. We must focus our expectation on eternity and wait with patience and prayer for our Father to provide. We must refuse to sink to evil’s level, giving good to those who harm us instead of revenge