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.”
A Prayer of Hope
This verse is an answer to David’s prayer in Psalm 25:1-2, “Unto You, O LORD, do I lift up my soul. O my God, I trust in You; Let me not be ashamed; Let not my enemies triumph over me.
Then David’s prayer is echoed in Psalm 119:116, “Uphold me according to your promise, that I may live, and let me not be put to shame in my hope!”
And again in Psalm 25:20, “Guard my soul and deliver me; let me not be put to shame, for I take refuge in You.”
The Source of our Hope
How does God answer these hopeful prayers? By sending His Holy Spirit and pouring out His love upon us:
- “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and self-control. 8So do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord….” (2 Timothy 1:7-8)
- “We have heard about your faith in Christ Jesus and your love for all the saints— the faith and love proceeding from the hope stored up for you in heaven, of which you have already heard in the word of truth, the gospel that has come to you.” (Colossians 1:4-6)
- “But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have told you. Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled; do not be afraid.” (John 14:26-27)
Aren’t you grateful that our hope is secure in Christ? Such hope is well-founded. We need not fear it will be dashed or disappointed. Rather, “let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.” (Hebrews 10:23-25)
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