The Apostle Paul reminds us that as Christ died and was buried and then rose again, we too, being united with Jesus through our Baptisms have gone with Jesus into death and we will go beyond to eternal life with him as well! This is not of our own doing and we can't do it alone - without Christ. But, we need not try it on our own, for we have the Jesus who pilots us through death and into eternal life.
Someday, Paul tells us, we will be changed, freed completely from sin. We will live up to our potential as human beings. Physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually we will be whole, complete, mature, fully ourselves, and fully alive. And so we press on in this life, even when it's painful, even when it's difficult, knowing that someday we will be the glorious people God created us to be.
The Bible promises us that someday the God, who created this world, will re-create it, free it from its bondage to decay so that it becomes the glorious place God meant it to be in the first place. This world has never lived up to its potential as a home for human beings in community with God, but someday it will. That's God's promise, a promise that you can bank on. It's a promise solid enough to hang your hopes on.
We could spend a long time analyzing the suffering of this world, but that's not Paul's purpose in Romans 8. Paul is simply being a realist. Paul had suffered. His readers were suffering. And anyone who attempts to follow Christ in this world will suffer. But Paul was confident that God's purposes would prevail, that the process of spiritual transformation would be completed, and that he and we would become all that God intended. We can be confident as well.
Have you ever wondered what kind of person you would be if you lived up to your potential in Christ? Have you ever wondered what God had in mind as he shaped you in the womb? If you are a Christian, then the Holy Spirit is living in you and you are in the process of transformation (2 Corinthians 3:18).
A wise friend told me to remember that "you will never meet someone Jesus doesn't love". Think about that. Take a look around you. Every person you meet, whether they are your best friend or the person who annoys you the most, Jesus loves them with the same incredible love with which he loves you. What does that say then for how we should treat each other?