“Rejoice in hope; be patient in affliction; be persistent in prayer.” (Romans 12:12 HCSB)

Three admonitions in a list of commands regarding the Christian life:

1. Rejoice in hope – The hope of Christ’s return and the hope that he will accomplish our salvation at his coming.

2. Be patient in affliction – Affliction breeds impatience.  Paul calls us to fight against that into patience.

3. Be persistent in prayer – Anyone who has lived the Christian life will understand the reason for the command.