We Also Rejoice in Our Afflictions
We also rejoice in our afflictions, because we know that affliction produces endurance, endurance produces proven character, and proven character produces hope. This hope will not disappoint us, because God's love has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
Romans 5: 3-5
I think that God alone could turn affliction into hope. Whether our affliction is large or small, making the initial choice to rejoice - to produce the outward manifestation of the love that has already been placed in our hearts - is hard. It runs counter to the course of our human nature. It is an act of faith that 'He who began a good work in you will perfect it' (Philippians 1: 6), and of trust that in 'all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.' (Romans 8: 28) It is hope, expressed in the faith that yet more hope will follow.
I pray that He will empower each of you to rejoice today, regardless of circumstances.