It is so encouraging when we see different things each time we read the Word.
As I was reading Romans 15:1-13 I saw how God gives us clear insight into His vision of us walking in harmony together in our faith. That vision encourages us to help one another as we walk through life. Our strengths utilized for service and that includes each of us assisting one another as needed. God’s personality is described as dependable, steady, and warm. As we mature it our faith, we too, should be taking on these characteristics. Dependable, steady and warm towards those in our sphere of influence. Then I saw this verse and the words 'green hope' jumped right out at me. Romans 15:13 MSG “Oh! May the God of green hope fill you up with joy, fill you up with peace, so that your believing lives, filled with the life-giving energy of the Holy Spirit, will brim over with hope!” Green hope is the hope that grows stronger within us as we grow in the Lord. As we grow stronger and more vibrant, our very lives will sing in a harmony of our faith. As each of us is growing stronger in the unforced rhythms of His Grace (Matthew 11:29), our harmonies will abound. Green hope. Green, green hope growing. Growing by uplifting one another through our faith. Growing by being a strong arm for those who may be experiencing weakness. Growing by being a great friend in times of need. Growing by being alert and aware of what the Lord is doing around us. Growing by being sure that when we fill one another up with hope, joy, and peace our own lives will be overflowing with the same. Overflow with the life giving hope of the Holy Spirit. Overflow with the green, green, hope of Jesus that grows stronger and more vibrant within us every single day.