My understanding of this passage is another rock in the foundation of my walk with the Lord Jesus Christ. When I started following Jesus, I had very little faith or understanding of the Kingdom of God. I was dependent on other, more mature believers to guide me. The man who led me to faith in Christ spent many hours with me, answering my questions and pointing me to passages of Scripture that were like spiritual food for my soul. Like a newborn baby is in the world, completely dependent on others, I was a brand new believer needing help in understanding my new life in Christ.
The more I learned and experienced God’s forgiveness, mercy, and grace, the more I trusted Him. The confidence I gained was foundational for growing my faith as I became progressively more obedient to God’s instructions. As my faith was developing, I discovered that I had greater hope for my future and those dear to me. Now, having an incredibly positive hope in the Lord, I am able to abide in Him and enjoy every moment in communion with everyone I meet as an ambassador of Christ.