Am I wrong to hope?
Now this is amazing. I am not disappointed when I hope. In my hope, I see Jesus. My heart is full of His love.
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)
What does love look like? The Apostle Paul gave it a shot in 1 Corinthians 13. It is the classic definition of love. Mainly he defines it by saying what it isn’t.
Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is notprovoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails; but if there are gifts of prophecy, they will be done away; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be done away. | 1 Corinthians 13:4–8 (NASB)
Much has been written on these verses. I tend to think they speak for themself.
The real question is, how can I love? It doesn’t seem to be in my grasp.
Is there good news? Yes! Yes there is good news. Here is key!
But the fruit of the Spirit is love … Galatians 5:22 (NASB)
God has given me the power to love through His Holy Spirit. So even though I can’t do it on my own, God is good to give me the power of His Holy Spirit who enables what I can’t do by myself sometimes.