23 ”…..we believers also groan, even though we have the Holy Spirit within us as a foretaste of future glory, for we long for our bodies to be released from sin and suffering. We, too, wait with eager hope for the day when God will give us our full rights as his adopted children, including the new bodies he has promised us. 24We were given this hope when we were saved….”
Father how real these verses become as the years of life progress like storm clouds casting their darkening shadows. It is not that we have no hope, but that the realities of life expose our struggle with sin and our struggle with human frailty dealing with sickness and disease of every sort. And Father it is not about complaining but confronting the tragedies of life that at times cause such deep groaning of the soul in longing for the realized hope of our glorious future.
Father we join the Apostle Paul in saying:”That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever!” 2 Corinthians 4:16-17 (NLT)
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