January 11, 2014

Comfort, Hope and Peace

The fruits of the Spirit are a blessing to the Christian. What I need in 2014 are the fruits of comfort, hope and peace. All of these fruits are founded on the finished and perfect work of Christ. The Spirits 'task' is to take it out of Christ and to reveal it to His people (John 16:14 ). I pray every day for the Spirit to never leave me nor forsake me and that I might experience these fruits in my life. 

The Holy Spirit is often described in the New Testament as the Comforter. (John 14:16, 18; John 16:7) Why? Because I can be comforted knowing that my sins are washed and cleansed in the perfect righteousness of my faithful Saviour Jesus Christ. There is no greater comfort than knowing and believing that. I am eternally secure in Him.

Hope as the fruit of the Spirit is not a wishful thinking kind of thing, but as sure and solid as if it were already obtained. (2 Cor 3:12) As the Psalter puts it: "Hope in the Lord ye waiting saints and He will well provide." That hope is based on the grace and mercy of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ Who "is the same yesterday, today, and forever." (Heb 13:8) He does not change (immutable) and He is faithful to His Word.

Peace is the third gift of the Spirit that I constantly need every day. Peace that passes all understanding will help me to cope and not question God's wisdom and plan for my life. I have peace knowing that my heavenly Father is guiding all things for my good (Rom 8:28). Jesus promised His disciples that when He would leave them that He would give them peace. All that we have to do is ask, and that peace can be ours as well.


’Midst the darkness, storm, and sorrow,
  One bright gleam I see;
Well I know the blessed morrow
  Christ will come for me.
’Midst the peace, the joy, the glory
  And the light, God’s own,
Christ for me is watching, waiting,
  Waiting ’til I come.

Long the blessed Guide has led me,
  By the desert road;
Now I see the coming splendor,
  Splendor of my God.
There amidst the love and glory
  He is waiting yet;
On His hands a name is graven
  He can ne’er forget.

Who is this, who comes to meet me,
  On the desert way,
As the Morning Star foretelling
  God’s unclouded day?
He it is who came to win me,
  On the cross of shame;
In His glory well I know Him,
  Evermore the same.

O the blessed joy of meeting,
  All the desert past;
O the wondrous words of greeting,
  He shall speak at last!
He and I together ent’ring
  The fair realm above;
He and I together sharing
  All the Father’s love.

Where no shade nor stain can enter,
  Nor the gold be dim,
In His holiness unsullied,
  I shall walk with Him.
Meet companion then for Jesus,
  From Him, for Him, made—
Glory of God’s grace forever
  There in me displayed.

He who in His hour of sorrow
  Bore the curse alone;
I who through the lonely desert
  Trod where He had gone;
He and I, in that bright glory,
  One deep joy shall share—
Mine, to be forever with Him;
  His, that I am there.

Gerhardt Tersteegen (1697-1763)

Source: http://www.hymnal.net/hymn.php/h/964#ixzz2q7POwspe


  1. What a beautiful hymn!! Thanks so much for sharing that. The last lines brought tears to my eyes. Praying for you often. God bless you both.
    Jacqui VMS

  2. Dear Jack, We will pray for you for comfort, hope and peace! We are thankfull that you still can write this blogs. In this way we feel close to you. May the Lord be with you and Lena. Love, Amanda and Gert

  3. Comfort, hope and peace, dear friend, I need the same in the desert of life and the many sins, toils and trials. When shall come the day that God may be all in all and we'll ever be with the Lord? O, let us look unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher our faith and follow Him with peace and patience. Knowing that His time is the best time and that he makes us ready here for that greatest joy, to be with Him who loved us with an everlasting love. And his lovingkindness is better than life. Thanks brother for your encouraging words! Our soul waiteth for the LORD: he is our help and our shield. (ps. 33:20)

  4. Oh, splendid mystery, indubitable truth - who can fathom that Our God rejoices in receiving us into His presence? Clothe us Lord with the white robes of righteousness preparing us for that blessed wedding feast prepared for all Thy redeemed!