"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 Romans chapter 15 we are encouraged to imitate Christ behavior not just pleasing ourselves, but strengthen the weak and to please our neighbor for his good and edification. Paul ends the chapter with the verse in our devotions today.
Before we can give hope we have to receive it by placing our trust in our ever faithful Father and His promises. We must come with our empty cups morning by morning, and allow Him to fill us with His love which gives us hope for all circumstances in life. Once we allow the power of the Holy Spirit to fill us to overflowing we are prepared to go and imitate Christ. We bring the hope of trusting in our faithful God whose love and mercy never fail us. As a result of placing our burdens on Him we are all filled with all joy and peace, and we overflow to each other with a hope that endures.
Closing with words from a favorite hymn that seemed so appropriate, "Great is Thy Faithfulness."
"Thine own dear Presence to cheer and to guide
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow
Blessings are mine, with ten thousand beside."
(Thomas O . Chisholm, 1923)
In His love.
I feel great hope as I enjoy the gifts of winter from God, my Father. These photos were taken on the pinnacle at Pilot Mountain while running. Icicles that literally were hanging off of vines as opposed to rocks, and what scenic views of surrounding mountain ranges!