Looked up Romans 8 (about Life in the Spirit) after tonight's sermon. Tonight I was reminded afresh that through Jesus' resurrection we have an amazing hope for the future... we look forward to being in heaven with God! No more tears, no more crying!! We will be given new life! I was also reminded that it's God's Spirit who convicts us of the truth of Jesus' death and resurrection, who helps us understand God's promises, not just in our heads, but also in our hearts.
I love verses 16-17 in my NLT, "For his Holy Spirit speaks to us deep in our hearts and tells us that we are God's children. And since we are his children, we will share his treasures - for everything God gives to his Son, Christ, is ours too. But if we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering."
I'd love these verses even more if that last sentence wasn't in there... oh to have God's view of suffering!! But as the verse says earlier, we will share His treasures, He's given us His Spirit, we are His children! What a great God!!