Saturday, January 8, 2022

The Kitchen Table 2022               Day 5

And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; 4 and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; 5 and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.                      Romans 5:3-5

Hope lives in the convinced and committed heart.  A lot of people want hope but they don’t have hope because they haven’t let the hope of God live in their hearts.  There is nothing easy about God’s hope, but it is simple.  It’s all a matter of believing God, not just believing in God.  It’s about believing God’s word and work and will over all other temptations and troubles.   Jesus said that we must be willing to take up our cross and follow Him.  That means we must believe and behave His word, work, and will at all costs.  Only heat, the cost of love, reveals the heart of the believer.  It’s not that God’s love ever stops toward us but that our heart doesn’t believe it.  God has poured out His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit.  Believe it!  Let His hope have its way in your heart today.

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