and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.Romans 5:5(NASB)
A worldly hope is founded on irrational thinking, empty vanity, a humanistic philosophy, and man's deceitfully-inspired prospects, resulting in disappointments, frustration, confusion, and shame. But Christian hope is founded on an altogether different principle, which is rooted in God's trustworthy goodness and the gracious promises of our Heavenly Father. Christian hope is centred on the never-failing Word of God and His many precious promises, which are all 'yes' and 'amen' in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Christian hope shines from the eternal flame of God's burning love for us and does not rest on the flickering candle-light of our scant love for Him. Christian hope is an ever-flowing fountain of the unfathomable love of God, cascading into our hearts and washing through our lives. Christian hope is the highest expression of glorifying God, for it springs from a trusting heart that believes God's Word of truth by faith.
It is the assurance that what we hope for in Christ will happen, and the certainty that what we cannot see exists. It is believing the Word of God to be factual, as we stand fast on the gospel of grace, even when the evidence in the natural world is denied by our logic. Even when the testimony of our physical senses, witness to the contrary.
It is the hope of God's love in our heart that is confirmed through the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit, "and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit, Who was given to us."
We will discover many disappointments which may even trigger feelings of shame or disgust if we invest in the empty hope of this deceitful world, but our hope in God cannot disappoint or deceive, for He has already stamped His seal of irrefutable proof and unquestionable certainty on His written Word, through His Holy Spirit, Who has taken up permanent residence within the heart of all believers and Who was given to us as a down-payment for the eternal hope that is living within each of His children.
The gracious gift of hope is secured on the unchangeable and unconditional love of God, which He poured into our hearts by His Spirit, when we first trusted Christ's finished work on Calvary. The love of God was poured out in great measure when we first believed, and it grows into an ever-deepening awareness of God's great love for us, which remains the same yesterday, today, and forever.
The hope we have in Christ will never disappoint nor put us to shame, no matter what we may be called upon to face, for God has poured His abundant and overflowing love into our hearts and that love remains sealed in there, until the day of Christ Jesus. It is a love that is constantly being refilled and replenished by the Holy Spirit of love.
Not one of His children is ever deficient of His love, although not all live in the fullness of His love. None of us are lacking in the love that God has poured into our hearts, but some sadly choose to walk in the flesh or live in legalism, rather than flourishing in the fullness of God's Holy Spirit, which was poured into our hearts at salvation, and which continues to be poured into our hearts as we walk in spirit and in truth.
Never question the length and depth and height and breadth of God's gracious love towards you, for God demonstrated His love towards us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. And the hope that comes through faith in Christ does not disappoint, because the supernatural love of God has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, Who was given to us, through time and into eternity.
Thank You, loving Father, for Your unconditional and unchangeable love. You have poured Your love so abundantly and generously into my heart. Enable me to show forth Your love in my life, so that others will come to a knowledge of the Lord Jesus. In Jesus’ name, I pray, AMEN