I believe that the present suffering is nothing compared to the coming glory that is going to be revealed to us.
The whole creation waits breathless with anticipation for the revelation of God's sons and daughters.
Creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice—it was the choice of the one who subjected it—but in the hope
that the creation itself will be set free from slavery to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of God's children.
We know that the whole creation is groaning together and suffering labor pains up until now.
And it's not only the creation. We ourselves who have the Spirit as the first crop of the harvest also groan inside as we wait to be adopted and for our bodies to be set free.
We were saved in hope. If we see what we hope for, that isn't hope. Who hopes for what they already see?
But if we hope for what we don't see, we wait for it with patience.
In the same way, the Spirit comes to help our weakness. We don't know what we should pray, but the Spirit himself pleads our case with unexpressed groans.
The one who searches hearts knows how the Spirit thinks, because he pleads for the saints, consistent with God's will.
We know that God works all things together for good for the ones who love God, for those who are called according to his purpose.
We know this because God knew them in advance, and he decided in advance that they would be conformed to the image of his Son. That way his Son would be the first of many brothers and sisters.
Those who God decided in advance would be conformed to his Son, he also called. Those whom he called, he also made righteous. Those whom he made righteous, he also glorified.
So what are we going to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us?
He didn't spare his own Son but gave him up for us all. Won't he also freely give us all things with him?
Who will bring a charge against God's elect people? It is God who acquits them.
Who is going to convict them? It is Christ Jesus who died, even more, who was raised, and who also is at God's right side. It is Christ Jesus who also pleads our case for us.
Who will separate us from Christ's love? Will we be separated by trouble, or distress, or harassment, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?
As it is written, We are being put to death all day long for your sake. We are treated like sheep for slaughter.a37
But in all these things we win a sweeping victory through the one who loved us.
I'm convinced that nothing can separate us from God's love in Christ Jesus our Lord: not death or life, not angels or rulers, not present things or future things, not powers
or height or depth, or any other thing that is created.