Hope is a painting I did several years ago based on Romans 5. The heart represents the hearts of believers receiving God’s love, which is being poured out by the Holy Spirit (the dove).

“Hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.” (Romans 5:5)

The Greek word for poured here is Ekcheo, which means, “I pour out; I shed” (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance). This “verb indicates a present status resulting from a past action” (NIV Study Bible, Zondervan). In other words, God hasn’t just poured out his love once in the past. On the contrary, He is continually pouring out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit right now! How amazing that God is pouring out his love in this present moment! Even more interesting is that Ekcheo also means to gush forth. God is not pouring out his love slowly but it’s gushing from his heart to ours. He loves us so much! Let’s respond by receiving His love. Now that’s hope that doesn’t disappoint!

 

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