Joyful in hope, patient in affliction and faithful in prayer

I was reading the book of Romans the other day when I came across that passage that talks about love in chapter 12. It talks about brotherly love and honoring one another but it also attaches spiritual fervor to love. Love is very spiritual and it is the strongest spiritual power there is. We often think about faith as being powerful and it is but it needs love to function properly. Everything we do needs love. Love should be the foundation and the base in everything and for everything. It should be the common denominator in all the equations of life. Our spiritual walk, our walk with the Lord should be tainted by love. We should be wearing the shoes of love. They will take us to amazing destinations where people will be blessed and where Jesus will be magnified. 

When we stay strong in the Lord, we stay strong because of love. When we are patient in the Lord, we are patient because of love. When we pray and praise, we are doing it because of love. Love gives meaning to everything and it is the fuel for everything. Today I want to remind you that God’s love will give you wings and it will always allow you to fly above your circumstances and to function properly in your Christian walk. Like the Bible says, “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction and faithful in prayer.” God’s love will give you the ability to do all that.

Be joyful in hope. Hope brings joy and God’s love will give you that hope. You can be assured that His love is there to bless you and to protect and you should base your hope on that. Don’t let the hate of the world rob you of God’s love that gives hope. Stay hopeful because love will get you through anything. His love is like a wall around you that will block the negativity and that will stop the hurdles from making you fall. Have hope because you have the love that changed the world. When love was on that cross, it saw you and it sacrificed itself for you so you could have hope forever. Rejoice today. Be glad. Be thankful for God’s love. Your hope in the Lord will never be in vain. Let the joy of the Lord fill your heart and give you the boost to keep hoping and believing. Be joyful in hope no matter what is going on in your life because Love is standing by you and will get you through anything.

Be patient in affliction. When you have the hope of the Lord in you, you can stay strong through the worst ordeals. Hope backed up by love can give you the power to stay patient when things go wrong. You get the strength to stand your ground and to keep going. Affliction occurs at some point.. What we need is a defense mechanism against it and God can equip us with patience when we trust Him. Hope, love and patience are a triple threat to the enemy. They nullify the hold he has on our minds and on our faith. The enemy would rather see us collapse and give up. He also hates it when we continue to walk in love during affliction. He despises hope in the Lord and he is extremely impatient. Arm yourself with patience in affliction by holding on to God’s love and by keeping your eyes on Jesus.

Faithful in prayer. Prayer hopes in the Lord and it is confident that because of His love, He hears us. Patience will allow you to keep praying. Be faithful in prayer. Don’t slow down and don’t stop praying. Prayer changes things. Prayer changes you. Love, hope, patience and prayer will do wonders for you. Use love as the reason why you pray every day. You do it because God loves you and because His love in you leads you to pray for others. Have hope and know that your prayers are being heard. The Lord is faithful and He knows your heart. You can have joy, hope, patience and be prayerful because Love is on your side and it prompts you to stay in faith. Stay strong today and every day. The Lord will never leave you nor forsake you!

Suggested reading: Romans 12:12; Romans 15;13; Hebrews 10:36

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