TRUST: Filled with Joy and Peace

When reading the Word of God, there are times that resemble reading a good mystery that is unraveling before your eyes. This is what happened to me this morning as I read Romans 15. I was amazed at the myriad of connections that I saw as I read. My mind was filled with thoughts of other scriptures. My mind was at ease as I read about the hope that we have in Christ. Make no mistake about that hope is a theme in this passage, but like honey in a hive, there is a process one must follow to enjoy the sweetness of hope. This hope is aimed not at any good fortune but at the greatest – salvation. Hope (ἐλπίς – elpis) here is the joyful and confident expectation of eternal salvation which begins with TRUST: Filled with Joy and Peace.

The road to joy and peace, as well as salvation, begins with TRUST. God wants our faith to be rooted in our understanding of who God is, His character, what God has said, His Word, and what God has done, His power shown in His wonderful works. We all are looking for and desire joy and peace. Today’s Word gives us great insight into obtaining joy and peace but as a by-product of salvation. That is the true meaning of TRUST: Filled with Joy and Peace.

Romans 15:1-13

We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves. Each of us should please our neighbors for their good, to build them up. For even Christ did not please himself but, as it is written: “The insults of those who insult you have fallen on me.”[a] For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.

May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God. For I tell you that Christ has become a servant of the Jews[b] on behalf of God’s truth, so that the promises made to the patriarchs might be confirmed and, moreover, that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy. As it is written:

“Therefore I will praise you among the Gentiles;
    I will sing the praises of your name.”[c]

10 Again, it says,

“Rejoice, you Gentiles, with his people.”[d]

11 And again,

“Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles;
    let all the peoples extol him.”[e]

12 And again, Isaiah says,

“The Root of Jesse will spring up,
    one who will arise to rule over the nations;
    in him the Gentiles will hope.”[f]

13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Our goal should not solely be joy and peace as we see in verse 13 above. The goal is that we are filled with the power power of the Holy Spirit. In filling us, the Holy Spirit provides us joy and peace as a means to give us endurance and encouragement. After salvation, which is being united with God in Spirit, God’s goal is for us to be united with one another through the same mind, “so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (v.6) TRUST: Filled with Joy and Peace.

Clearly the scripture teaches that joy and peace are a result of trusting in Him. It is ongoing as the verse says “as you trust in him” or “in believing”. We must actively give ourselves to trusting or believing in the Lord God Almighty. We must trust or believe that He is who He says He is and will do what He said He would do.  When we do, we are filled with joy and peace because we are convinced that God will be and do what He has said. TRUST: Filled with Joy and Peace.

Do you want TRUST: Filled with Joy and Peace? If you do, put your faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Then, follow Him.


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