Mixed Emotions

Romans 8:22-25 (NIV): ‘We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the first-fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.’

Selwyn writes the following in today’s study: ‘We continue reflecting on the fact that due to Adam and Eve’s declaration of independence, the whole creation, ‘has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth’. … There is also a groan in the hearts of those who have the Holy Spirit. …

Everyone whose eyes have been opened by Jesus through faith must surely groan within themselves as they tune in to the plight and the pain of suffering humanity. … We live with mixed emotions: joy because of our eternal salvation and a groan because the world is adrift from God.

The joy we experience as children of God enables us to carry the burden that we live in a fallen world – a place where bad things happen, to everyone. God’s love, flowing from us, strengthens our resolve to make Jesus known to a lost world – because it’s only Jesus who can restore peace to a world-in-chaos.

Our prayers go out to our Lord for His compassion and mercy to be shown to a suffering humanity – we pray, empowered by the Holy Spirit, because we love the world, with the same love, that He lavishes on us.

Life is hard, but we live in faith with hearts trusting in God’s promise – that we can never be separated from His love.