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].
- 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.
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!
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