“If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.”
“But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.”
Romans 5:3-5 “And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; and patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.”
Today’s opening Scripture reveals how the apostle Paul scaled through rough moments of challenges and afflictions that came against him. He was a man who was tried greatly in many ways, but came out victorious at all times. He fought a good fight of faith, and kept the faith; he finished his course faithfully and left a mark in both the sands of time and eternity. Verse 3 of Romans 5 tells us that the apostle Paul gloried in tribulations, not only in hope of the glory of God that will be revealed. How come he rejoiced or gloried in tribulations? The Word tells us that he knew something. What? That tribulation works patience, which is endurance or steadfastness, or constancy; then patience works or produces experience or character, and character hope, which is a strong expectation of the glory of God that is to be revealed in us.
Our opening Scripture then tells us that hope does not disappoint or make ashamed. Why? It says the love of God is the reason why; the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Spirit of God that is given unto us. In the midst of all that Paul faced in the ministry of the Word of God, he did not lose heart because of the love of God strengthening hope of the glory of God to be revealed in him at the appearing of Jesus Christ.
When our faith is tried, the Word tells us to count it all joy, which means to rejoice in tribulations; for the trying of our faith works or produces patience, and patience character, and character hope; and hope does not disappoint because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit. Hence without the love of God at work in our hearts, hope cannot stay to the end; it fizzles out in no time, producing disappointment instead of results. The love of God spoken of here in context is God’s love for us which is the cause of our love for Him. We love God because He first loved us.
When you believe outrightly God’s love for you, no matter what, that love in you will produce a fervent love for God, which is evidence in keeping His Word. John 14:15 tells us that the proof of our love for God is keeping His commandments. Our hope, a fervent expectation to see God’s faithfulness crack through whatever we are facing or faced with, to see the integrity of the Word prevail in our situation, is fueled, energized and strengthened by the love of God at work in us. Hallelujah!
My Solid Front (Confession): In the Name of Jesus, I abide in the Father’s love, doing His commandments. I declare that my love grows exceeding and abundantly by the power of the Holy Spirit which is in me, and hope does not disappoint me. Amen!