God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us (NIV).
In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
In Romans 12, we’re reminded to be faithful in prayer.
So pray regularly.
I’ll come back to Romans at the end of the Nine Year Bible sequence.
For now, I’m going to jump to Exodus 20 and 2 Timothy to finish 2010 and enter into 2011.
“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” (Romans 15:13, NIV).
Paul writes, in Romans 14:16-18, that we shouldn’t allow other people to label evil what is good.
I wonder how this applies to message boards. Having that fight seems like a losing and pointless battle.
The kingdom of God is “righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.”