Summary of passage: Paul prays that God fills them with joy and peace as they trust in Him through the power of the Holy Spirit.
13) Trust gives us the faith we need in order to hope. Without trust, hope is empty as we truly don’t believe it will come to pass.
14) Personal Question. My answer: If we don’t trust, we have no hope. God grants us both and is good for doing so. At the end of the day, hope is all that gets me by sometimes. I hope in God and trust in Him to do as He says He will. As I see Him fulfill His promises, my faith grows as does my trust and hope. It’s a beautiful cycle I never want to end!
15) Personal Question. My answer: Everyone.
Conclusions: Trust and hope are really broad topics and are tightly intertwined. The more you trust, the more hope you have and the more faith is strengthened.
End Notes: The prayer and blessing concluding the section is appropriate. As God fills us with the blessings of His joy and peace in believing, we are equipped to live in this common bond of unity God calls us to.
Throughout the Bible, hope is considered a desirable attribute of human life. Hope is a gift of the Holy Spirit in the New Testament and includes trust, confidence, and refuge in the God of hope.