Sunday Scripture ~ Romans 15:13

 Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”  (Romans 15:13)

With this verse, Paul is winding down a letter to the Romans that included his travel plans and instructions for the gritty process of doing life with other believers — alongside some of the heaviest theological writing in Scripture. It seems right that he should eventually remind his readers that God is the source and object of all our hope for living now, and for living eternally. When we get this wrong and go looking for hope elsewhere, we put undue pressure on everyone and everything else in our lives.

There’s a good reason we need to stick close to the Truth of God’s Word:  It’s the very thing the Spirit of God uses to fill us up with joy and peace. Without this, hope gives way to despair based in wrong thinking.

This Sunday, let’s examine our hearts:  on whom or what are we basing our hope?

Hoping in Christ the Anchor,


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