Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
Romans 5:5 NKJV
Romans 5:5 NKJV
The world is full of disappointments, and there is more than enough to go around, yet there is one place where no disappointment can succeed… In the heart that God has poured His love into. Not a trickle, sprinkle, or a splash but poured . It would be like trying to get a drink from a fire hydrant; it drenches you, and it will be more than you can hold. The person who has the love of God poured into his heart will not be able to contain it. It will spill out upon other people even when they might not deserve it. It is the kind of love that Jesus showed, lived, and walked in. How do we get this love? Not by praying harder, serving more or living morally although those can be evidences of its presence in our lives. There is only one way to receive it, and that is by the Holy Spirit who is given to us. There it is in a nutshell- “by the Holy Spirit”. Everything that we are as a Christians is because of the Holy Spirit. Pure love you are not able to create, but He is, and this is the hope…..that He moves us beyond ourselves and pours in His love that shines through us. The hope, that does not disappoint, is because of the Holy Spirit.
1. How do we experience the Holy Spirit?
But when the goodness and loving kindness of GOD our SAVIOR appeared, HE SAVED US, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the HOLY SPIRIT, whom he POURED OUT on us richly through JESUS CHRIST our SAVIOR. ~ Titus 3: 5-6 ESV
2. How do we Love?
And this is his commandment, that we BELIEVE in the name of his SON JESUS CHRIST and LOVE ONE ANOTHER, just as he has commanded us. 1 John 3: 23 ESV
Also read 1 John 4: 7-21 for it describes it well… God’s love, and how we should love.
Jesus spoke these word to us, “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friend if you do what I command you.” John 15: 12-14 ESV
3. The experience of Hope…. It comes from God!
May the God of hope fill you with joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. Romans 15: 13 ESV
By His Grace ~ Pastor David