As we enter into the Advent season, we recognize that Christmas isn’t only about experiencing hope, joy, peace & love, but it’s about Jesus, the light of the world- he is our hope, joy, peace, and love! This week we begin with recognizing that hope is experienced in Jesus for this life and for the life to come!
Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.