Romans 15:13 is a wonderful prayer that Paul wants every believer to experience. When you read a verse like that, you must ask yourself, “Does that verse even come close to describing me? Can I honestly say that my life is filled with all joy and peace in believing? Do I abound in hope?” And, since we all tend to give ourselves the benefit of a doubt in these matters, I need to ask, “Would my family or good friends describe me as being filled with all
joy and peace in believing and abounding in hope?”
To varying degrees we all fall short of experiencing that verse and so we all can benefit by thinking about what it means and how we can grow in these qualities. I can’t imagine anyone saying, “I’m not interested in having joy and peace. I don’t want to abound in hope.” We all want and need these qualities, and yet even among believers, very few can legitimately claim to be filled with all joy and peace and to be abounding in hope.
(Excerpt from Steven J. Cole @ Bible.org-Lesson 101: Abounding in Hope)
So the question I ask myself is "What thinking do I need to change or submit to Christ that will put me in a place that this truly describes me? I bet if you petition Holy Spirit to help you with this, He will give you all the help you need to bear these fruits.
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