Monday, June 20, 2016

hope in Jesus doesn't disappoint

Hope really comes in a person rather than in a concept or a system.  Hope is found in the person of Jesus.  For me and I pray for others hope is Jesus and my relationship with Him.

Take time as you read these verses and think through what or who hope is:

Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. 2 Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory. 3 We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. 4 And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. 5 And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.

Truth underscores hope.  It is like a foundation that keeps it easy to see and easy to share with others.  God tells us several things that we can hold on to so that hope thrives in each of us.

We have been made right with God.

Jesus gives us peace with God.

We do not deserve the grace and greatness of God, but we have it.

Because of hope from Jesus we can look at our situations, good and bad, differently.

What hope develops in us is stronger living and confidence.

God loves us.  His love fills our hearts.

That is one of those the greatest passages about hope and how God has changed our lives.  To know what we believe and to be in relationship with God changes everything.  May our hope grow and soar!

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