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.
In this world that we are living today, it is easy to get discouraged. It is easy to get frustrated and lose the stamina of our spiritual run. But do you know that one of the areas where the power of Holy Spirit will manifest is hope? Yes, the overflowing hope in your heart is the power of the Holy Spirit. Without it you cannot survive in this world as a True Christian.
When you are discouraged, God in Christ through the Holy Spirit gives you encouragement. When you are tired of fighting a good battle, God through His Spirit gives you endurance. Endurance and encouragement comes from God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. He is our source and hope. When these two comes in the time of weary, then overflowing hope flows in our heart. Our heart is at rest.
Do you know how the Holy Spirit manifest His power in this regard?
- Through the Scriptures that are written in the past – Romans 15:4
- Same attitude of mind towards each other that Christ Jesus had – Romans 15:5
- Trusting in God – Romans 15:13
By reading the scriptures, we learn about how the saints of God endured and we get encouragement from their life. By having the same mind of Christ Jesus, we do not complicate ourselves with doctrine and self-righteousness but with true love and pure heart we treat others. By trusting in God the Father we fill our lives with joy and peace. This is the overflowing of hope in our hearts and it is the power of God to strengthen us and to encourage us.
So dear brothers and sisters, lets us not lose hope; but let us endure, encourage one another, bear with the failings of the weak, have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had, and trust in our God of hope our Father in heaven.
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