Our justification through faith ends our conflict with God. But it isn’t just an end to conflict. Instead it’s the beginning of peace and a relationship with Him as we are ushered into His presence as sons and daughters of the King. Do you live as though this is true? When difficult times come, do you revert back and flee from His presence as one who is still fighting Him? Or do you run to Him seeking repentance and forgiveness?
The scripture taught us that suffering leads to endurance, endurance to character, and character to hope. Think of a time when you went through a period of suffering. What was your response? What does this tell you about your understanding of justification?
Is there an area of suffering or disappointment in your life which you are seeing as punishment from God, instead of God working to bring you closer to Him?