I ask that our hearts be transformed, that we may let go of our false selves, and embrace the truth of who we are, made in the image and likeness of God.
5Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we* have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2through whom we have obtained access* to this grace in which we stand; and we* boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God. 3And not only that, but we* also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.
6 For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.
1) "justified by faith;" "...peace with God;" "...access to this grace;" "...hope;" "...hope of sharing the glory of God;" "...boast in our sufferings;" "...suffering produces endurance;" "...endurance produced character;" "...character produces hope;" "...hope does not disappoint us;" "...God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit;" "...while we were still weak;" "...Christ died for the ungodly."
2) I love this passage and what is to follow. God's love has been poured into our hearts. God's love has been poured into our hearts! GOD'S LOVE HAS BEEN POURED INTO OUR HEARTS!!! It would be enough to sit in those words for a long time. Has it? Do we act like it? Do we feel it? What does it feel like? How do we express it? Do we participate in pouring God's love into others' hearts? What would that look like? God's love has been poured into our hearts? Do we take that seriously, or are they just pretty words? If only we acted like it. So many people in the world who call themselves Christians, but I don't see God's love pouring out of their hearts. But does God's love pour out of our hearts? Or do we just hoard it, keeping it for ourselves? That doesn't sound like God's love, at least, not the fullness of it. God's love has been poured into our hearts... while we were still weak. God didn't wait for us to be perfect vessels for God's love, but while we were weak... Do we wait for people to be "better vessels" before we invest our love in them? While we were still weak. Christ died, not for the saints, and the angelic... but for the ungodly... soon, Paul will say, "enemies of God." Weak and ungodly... that was the "right time," when we were weak and ungodly.
3) What is the invitation in all this? To receive God's love poured into our hearts.
"Holy One, pour your love into our hearts."
Breathprayer: "God's love... poured into our hearts"