3 Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 And hope does not put us to shame because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
We all fight different battles. Some days you get bad news; other days, you celebrate huge wins. Like these verses say, your character is produced from these kinds of moments. It gives you hope. You have faith in the valley, and you stay humble on the mountain top.
In the last few years, cellphones have become our lifeline of connection. Check your screen time, and just see how many hours you spend there. It’s how you communicate with your family, friend, and strangers alike.
These verses are telling us that God gave us the Holy Spirit. It’s his connection to you. Think about it the Holy Spirit is like God’s personal cellphone that is given freely to you. You didn’t have to pay Apple $1,000 to get it. It can’t fall out of your pocket and crack. It’s inside you, and it’s how he communicates with you.
Just like every morning, I pour myself a cup of coffee. He pours his love directly into your heart. I can’t get through a morning without my lattes, but most importantly, I can’t get through life without acknowledging the love residing inside me.
Everything you need He has given to you.
My prayer today is that we start waking up, and we allow the Holy Spirit to speak to us. Let it fill us. Allow Him to speak to you every morning. Allow Him the time to spend alone with you. Your life will change. Your character will change. Your hope will increase. Your faith will increase.
Father God, we pray that every single day we take time to allow you to pour into our hearts. Your love is stronger than any cup of coffee. Your connection with us is stronger than any iPhone. You have designed us all in your perfect image. You have plans for our lives. Thank you for loving us every single day. Thank you for blessing us. Thank you for everything that you do. We love you beyond words. It is in your Holy Name that we pray, Amen!