Today I am beginning a new series of Bible Devotions called, "What is in a Word?". Many familiar words may have several meanings or innuendos based upon their use in a particular verse or passage of the Bible. I hope you enjoy this study; let me know if there are specific words you would like included in this study.
So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
1 Corinthians 13:13, English Standard Version
Hope, combined with faith and love, is an essential Christian character trait. We hope for what we have not yet seen or experienced. Romans 8:24 & 25 expresses it this way,
24 For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.
Verse 2 & 3 of 1 John 3 express hope in this way,
2 Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. 3 And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure.
When you think of it, it is hope that gets us up each day and helps us keep our sanity in the midst of a very troubled world. The very essence of our Christianity is hope. We hope for the return of Christ; we hope for that day when we will join our dear Lord in eternity forever. Coupled with faith and love, hope gives us a powerful weapon to use in a world so destitute of meaning, purpose, or hope.
Ponder that as you go about your duties of this day. Hope is essential; in it we truly have victory in Christ.
God Bless You,