"Now hope does not confuse, because the love of God is poured out into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, which has been given to us." 

Romans 5:5 

THOUGHT: The biblical meaning of the word hope is related to the certainty we can have, that what we believe will happen. It is a spiritual trust, which exceeds all our understanding, as well as Faith!!! We can have this certainty, this hope, and this faith, because in our hearts there is much more than just a desire, an emotion, or a belief, for God Himself dwells in us. When we become Christians, Jesus pours his Spirit into us, as a gift from God to sanctify us, make us part of the same Body, and dwell within our hearts. Paul adds one more thing to the list of blessings that come from God's presence - the Father's love. It is not something that we just have, but that God continues to renew through the Holy Spirit, just as Jesus promised.

Prayer: Holy and Almighty God, trembling in power and majestic in holiness, thank You for not only coming to us in Christ, but also for abiding in us through your Spirit. Please pour your love into my heart more and more so that the fruit of your grace may flow from me wherever I go, that you may know your grace. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.