One of the most important decisions you will make is to decide where you will place your hope.
Hope is the beginning of trust. As you answer the question of hope, you can begin to trust those around you.
The scriptures below describe a process of hope. There seems to be three steps.
- Trials and troubles will give us patient endurance.
- Patient endurance will develop a mature character.
- Mature character produces a steady hope.
Hope that will never disappoint us.
Romans 5: 3-4
Our trials and troubles will give us patient endurance; patient endurance will develop a mature character, and a mature character produces a steady hope, a hope that will never disappoint us.
Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a hope fulfilled is a tree of life.
10:19-24 So by virtue of the blood of Jesus, you and I, my brothers, may now have courage to enter the holy of holies by way of the one who died and is yet alive, who has made for us a holy means of entry by himself passing through the curtain, that is, his own human nature. Further, since we have a great High Priest set over the household of God, let us draw near with true hearts and fullest confidence, knowing that our inmost souls have been purified by the sprinkling of his blood just as our bodies are cleansed by the washing of clean water. In this confidence let us hold on to the hope that we profess without the slightest hesitation – for he is utterly dependable – and let us think of one another and how we can encourage each other to love and do good deeds.
1:12 For I know the one in whom I have placed my confidence (hope), and I am perfectly certain that the work he has committed to me is safe in his hands until that day.
Hope produces peace!
4:6-7 Don’t worry over anything whatever; tell God every detail of your needs in earnest and thankful prayer, and the peace of God which transcends human understanding, will keep constant guard over your hearts and minds as they rest in Christ Jesus.
4:8-9 Here is a last piece of advice. If you believe in goodness and if you value the approval of God, fix your minds on the things, which are holy and right and pure and beautiful and good. Model your conduct on what you have learned from me, on what I have told you and shown you, and you will find the God of peace will be with you.
5:2 How content you will be when you recognize your need for Jesus, for the Kingdom of Heaven will be for you.Read More...