Proverbs 23 12-23-22

Jesus walks with us through the struggles of life. It won’t always be like this. He is our HOPE for a wonderful future.

And hope does not disappoint or put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. Romans 5:5

The coming of the Holy Spirit was God’s plan all along. Let’s look at more of Romans 5:

15 But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God’s grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many!

The gift is the Holy Spirit. It is through the Spirit that grace overflows to all people.

17 For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ!

Jesus is the Spirit (2 Corinthians 3:17-18). We can say, “The Spirit of Jesus lives in our hearts (Philippians 1:19).” The Spirit gives life (John 6:63).

His gift does not come automatically, but not for the reason you might think. God does not enforce freedom, but offers it. To rescue someone who does not want to be rescued is to put him in a different kind of bondage. When someone turns to Christ for freedom, then comes the truth: “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed” (John 8:36). He comes looking for us (Luke 15:4-6); He knocks on our heart’s door (Revelation 3:20); He calls for us to come to Him (Matthew 11:28-30). Here’s what Jesus promises:

13 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. Romans 15:13

Hope for what? A bright and wonderful future with Him. Folks, who could ask for anything more?

Abba, Your very great and precious promises are wonderful. The promise of all joy and peace in our lives is enough, but to give us the hope of spending eternity with You is amazing. And to think that eternal life is going on in us right now! May we overflow with Your hope, O God. Thank You, Holy Spirit, for all You do for us, with us, and in us. Amen.

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