Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Romans 15:13

Romans 15:13 - May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Our God is a God of hope. He gives us something something to look forward to. That is what hope is after all; something we are looking forward to. We live in a fallen world. There is pain and sadness all around us. Things can and will be hard, but our God is bigger than that.
God gives us something to look toward, beyond the struggles of life. He never promises an easy carefree life. You will face struggles and hard times, but He will provide a way through. Always look to Him, because He has the answers. God will not only give you what you need to get through your current struggle, He gives you something to look forward to when you get out of it.
We have the hope of eternal life through Jesus Christ. Put your faith in Him and you can rest assured that you have abundant life waiting for you. Jesus is also where our joy and peace come from. We are to be joyful always (1 Thessalonians 5:16), but without the hope of a better future it is hard to have joy in our present situation.
So then, Paul prays that our hope overflows out of us by the power of the Holy Spirit. How does our hope overflow? It overflows due to the joy and the peace. When we have that hope it brings joy to our faces and puts peace in our hearts. It will show in the way you carry yourself and people will see it.
Others will see that no matter what comes our way we put our trust in God and He gives us joy and peace. Then it will show in our countenance and we won’t even have to say anything for it to spread. People will see it and want to share in it. You will have opportunity to share about your hope that you won’t expect. Put your trust in God and let His joy and peace be evident in your life.

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