Romans 15:13 (NASB): Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Do you know a believer who just never seems to be joyful or happy? They may constantly complain and generally not seem happy or at peace with themselves and especially with God. I am not referring to people who are going through difficult trials or situations in life, because sometimes in those situations, it’s difficult to always be joyful. But if you are a follower of Christ, and you have accepted Him and believe upon Him as your Lord and Savior, then you have a lot to be joyful about. And your life should reflect that peace and joy that can only be found in a relationship with Jesus Christ.
I also believe that our God is a “God of hope.” True hope does not come from this world that we live in; that incredible and love infused hope can only come from our creator God. The things of this world will always disappoint and will never measure up or fulfill us. But the hope that becomes the very fabric of our soul, when we believe in Jesus Christ, will never disappoint. The hope that is found in Christ is the promise of eternal life. It really doesn’t matter what happens to us on our journey here on earth, because as believers we have the promise of eternal life with our Savior in heaven. That brothers and sisters is our ultimate hope and joy!
If the promise of eternal life with Christ does not put a smile on your face and joy in your heart, then I don’t know what will. When you believe in Christ, the Holy Spirit will come into your life and transform you into a person that will “abound in hope.” So often we lose sight of the fact that we are called to a new life in Christ; a life that is transformed and different from those in the world who do not know Christ. We must always strive to be a shining example of Christ’s love and compassion and joy to those who are lost.
So if you are a believer in Jesus Christ, I encourage you and challenge you to put a big smile on your face and show others what faith in Christ looks like. By believing in Christ, you are filled will “all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”