Living in Hope

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Someone once said that we cannot live without hope.  We are encouraged in 1 Peter 3:15-16 to: “exalt Him as Lord in our heart and always be ready to offer a defense, humbly and respectfully, when someone asks why you live in hope.” In the busyness of the past week, I took some time to reflect on hope.  Here are some of my thoughts, on the tenets/truths that give me hope, distilled from my reflection. [you can check out the scripture references].

  1. Death is not final (1 Corinthians 15:50-58;John 11:25-27; Hebrews 2:14-15).  “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die“[Jesus]

2. Faith is not futile (Hebrews 11:1-6; Colossians 1:27).  In the words of the hymn writer of old: “My faith has founded a resting place not in device or creed.  I trust the ever living one his wounds for me shall plead. I need no other argument I need no other plea. It is enough that Jesus died and that he died for me.”

3. Hope does not disappoint (Romans 5:5; 1John 3:1-3;Hebrews 6:17-20;Romans 15: 13).  In the words of another hymn writer: “My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness… I’m on the Rock.IMG_0798

4. Love never fails, love stands forever (1 Corinthians 13:8-13). Love is patient. Love is kind.  Everything else will fail but love never fails.

5. Nothing will separate me from the love of God (Romans 8:37-39)

When I look at these five truths/tenets, I see that everything is founded in the reality of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Do I understand it all? No… Now I know in part…  In who or what is your hope founded/grounded?

This is resurrection season. Jesus is alive. Hope is alive!

Leave a comment. Pass it on. Thanks for stopping by.

Cliff {AMDG}

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2 Responses to Living in Hope

  1. Gary Clarke

    Ah- the tension between Faith, Hope and Love. Been pondering that somewhat myself lately. Here’s an idea:
    It is said that the greatest of the 3 is Love. But why is Faith then cited as the most important in Hebrews 11? And we know that you can have Hope without Faith- but you cannot have Faith without Hope.
    Everything must start with Love. Why would you have Hope if you do not Love. Love is the Seed that makes you Hope for grerater things. It makes you hope for the best, for the best outcome, for the best in those that you Love. Hope for what if there is no Love? What would be the point? So Love is the starting point. It drives everything. But it is not the end zone. It is the beginning of everything.
    Hope then drives you to Faith. It demands that you believe. Faith is the substance, but the Seed of Faith is Hope. Hope lifts the heart, and makes you imagine, for the best.
    Faith is the end zone. Faith is the substance, the reality.For with Faith you can do anything. Without Faith, you cannot please God. Faith is the birthing that brings the result.
    Have Faith my friend. Love.

  2. cliff

    I have been on a bit of a sabbatical so I missed this. Gary thanks for your thoughtful comments. In the end when the perfect has come will we still need faith and hope? Love stands forever.

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