Is your life characterized by hope?

In Paul’s writings faith, hope, and love are often found together. In Colossians 1:3-4 Paul gives thanks to God for the evidence of all three of these in the saints in Colosse. In today’s climate faith and love both get a lot of attention but hope seems to be left behind. Perhaps that’s because we don’t really understand what hope is. Hope is not a wish that may or may not come true. Biblical hope is grounded in the promises of God. It is a confident expectation that what God has promised will come to pass. Because God cannot lie and because God is all powerful all that he has promised will be fulfilled.

Hope is very closely connected to faith; both have to do with trusting the promises of God. Faith looks back at what God has already done for us in Christ and rests upon the finished work of Christ for salvation. But hope looks forward and anticipates the full realization of the blessings we have in Christ. Do you think about the fact that in Christ the fullness of spiritual blessings is already guaranteed to us? When you face difficult days and when you struggle with temptations do you remind yourself of the promises of God that are certain to come to pass? We need to recover a biblical understanding of hope, and we would be greatly helped in our daily walk if we were more characterized by hope.

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