Therefore, since we have been declared righteous by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. We have also obtained access through him by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. And not only that, but we also rejoice in our afflictions, because we know that affliction produces endurance, endurance produces proven character, and proven character produces hope. This hope will not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
Romans 5:1-5 (CSB)
These verses from Romans remind us of the lyrics from a favorite Advent hymn:
Shall come to thee, O Israel.
– lyrics from “O Come O Come Emmanuel”
Christ is coming, friends. Take heart — the hope of His glory is with us even as we anticipate His arrival.
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I love him
Thalia in Jamaica says
So happy to see that you love Him, Jas. I am encouraged by your comment.
Preach the Gospel at all times. When necessary, use words. -St. Francis of Assisi quote..
Beth Williams says
We have a hope that doesn’t disappoint even in the midst of trials. Society has us believe that trials are either our fault-something we did wrong-or someone else’s fault & we should sue them for damages. Their idea is to get upset with trials. While God says rejoice in your trials for they are producing endurance, endurance produces proven character, and proven character produces hope. They are making us stronger warriors ready for the next fight. I know for me trials have strengthened my faith & trust in God. I know He will come & rescue me in His perfect Timing.
Advent Blessings 🙂
My love for Jesus continues to grow with each passing day and as I take time during this advent season to reflect I find myself just wanting so much more of Him and so much less of myself. His Holy Spirit brightens me from the inside and I’m so grateful for the work He’s done and continues to do in me. I just pray that I reflect this love on the outside as much as I feel it on the inside. I’m still learning. Grace.