Romans 5:3-5 – Not only so, but 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.
When reading this there was a character that comes to mind that exemplified this scripture. His name is Rock Lee, from the anime and manga Naruto by Masashi Kishimoto. In all of the characters from the manga Rock Lee was the person that many people including myself could identify myself with. While many of the characters in the show were gifted with the use of ninjutsu or genjutsu, special abilities that are mystical in effect and uses. He is only able to use taijutsu or martial arts.
To compensate for his weaknesses in two area he was taught by his sensei, Mighty Guy, how to open the chakra gates to increase his strength and speed but he can only use it to protect his ninja way and to protect the people he loves. He was told that he must be careful to open those gates because no one can normally survive the opening of the eighth chakra gate. To even open a single one of the gates takes hard work, sacrifice, and strong desire to succeed above all else. Rock Lee as a child opened five. I think we can learn something from him. I think we can learn something from the Apostle Paul as he spoke to the Roman churches. Continue reading “Opening the Fifth Gate – Romans 5:3-5”