HOPE

But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect.  I Peter 3:15 ESVIMG_5696

The dogs see their leash and get excited for their walk.  They see the car keys and immediately jump up, knowing a car ride is in their future.  You walk to the kitchen, and all eyes are on you as they follow you hoping for a treat.  Hope makes daily living worthwhile, even for dogs.

The TBN television channel has two well-known preachers good-humoredly arguing about which is better to wake up to, hope or grace.  They want you to tune in as each preaches about that topic.  Both will start your day out right but without hope to wake up to, depression will set in quickly.  Without hope, many people feel that there is no reason to get up.

Once when some of Jesus’ followers were turning from him, he asks his disciples if they plan to leave him too?  Peter answers in John 6:68, “Lord, to whom would we go?  You have the words that give eternal life.”

God promises us hope for each new day.  In Jeremiah 29:11 he tells us, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

We know Jesus so we have a hope.  We have the hope and assurance of eternal life.  We hope in the future he has planned for us to live.  We hope to see Jesus and our loved ones in heaven someday.

Our scripture verse from I Peter tells us that we should always be ready to tell people about the hope within us.  We meet people everyday who are feeling helpless and hopeless.  They need to hear the good news and receive Jesus as their Savior and their hope of eternal life.

We have the answer for a hopeless world.  Even on our darkest days, we can say with Peter, where will we go, Lord?  You have the words of eternal life.  His word is truth.  Share it today.

 

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