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
As we continue to discover Paul’s exhortation to hope in his writing to the Romans, let us consider his thoughts in verse 5 of the fifth chapter. And I want to look at it in reverse order.
“…the Holy Spirit has been given to us…”
I wonder, do we take this incredible truth for granted as followers of Jesus the Messiah? The essence of the LORD’s glory and of who He is has been granted to us. The Spirit of His own holiness is available to us. Because Jesus freely gave His life and put His earthly kingdom on the throne of David on hold, our heavenly Father sent the Spirit as a gift that we can depend on. What a blessed reality. What an incredible gift!
“…the love of God has been poured out in our hearts…”
Just as His Spirit has been given to us, His love has been poured out in our hearts. Sometime in our culture, love can be fleeting. Marriages grow cold. Romance becomes fickle. But our God’s love is not fleeting, cold or fickle. It is poured out – even to overflowing – in our hearts. There is not “just enough love” to make it work – there is extra. An abundance. It overflows. This kind of love overwhelms us with a sense of value, a sense of belonging and a sense of security. Jesus demonstrated this kind of love in how He lived and in how He died. And the Father assured us of this kind of love in raising Jesus up from the dead. May we live in the fullness of His love!
“…Hope does not disappoint…”
With the closeness of His Spirit and with the fullness of His love, we have a hope that does not disappoint. We may go through life and find ourselves disappointed as our circumstances change and our dreams are left unfulfilled. But the hope of His love by His Spirit does not disappoint all that He promises. Our faith demonstrates hope by grace despite the challenges of circumstances and the presence of trouble and setbacks, because we know that one day Jesus will come in His fullness and make things right in our world. His hope by His Spirit and in His love does not disappoint. Allow His hope to be renewed in you today!
- What are you disappointed about? Write it down. Make a list.
- As you reflect on these disappointments, how can you invite the love of the LORD by His Spirit to renew your hope?
- Speak those disappointments out loud and ask that He renew your hope today.