Put your hope in God because He is loving, faithful, and able to save you! What do you hope for?
We have been made right with God because of our faith. So we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Through our faith, Christ has brought us into that blessing of God’s grace that we now enjoy. And we are very happy because of the hope we have of sharing God’s glory. 3 And we are also happy with the troubles we have. Why are we happy with troubles? Because we know that these troubles make us more patient. 4 And this patience is proof that we are strong. And this proof gives us hope. 5 And this hope will never disappoint us. We know this because God has poured out his love to fill our hearts through the Holy Spirit he gave us. Romans 5:1-5 (ERV)
STM Bible Lesson
1 Peter 1:13
So, gather your thoughts together for action, take control of yourselves and focus your hope completely on God’s unearned favor [grace], which will be brought to you by Jesus Christ when He returns. (AUV)
Your confidence/hope in God’s grace and the promise of eternal life is to have no doubts that it will happen. Jesus tells us to ‘Rejoice, and be exceedingly glad: for great is your reward in heaven‘1.
Keys leading to 1 Peter 1:13
Peter’s message of hope pairs with Paul’s to the church at Rome. Paul said (Romans 8:24), ‘For we are saved by hope3‘. This brief outline gives the highlights of Peter’s point.
What is hope? Hope gives you something to look forward to, strive for, or seek after. You can set a goal to achieve the desired end and be excited as you get close to the goal.
Your target must be something that you can reach. Otherwise, there will be little or no hope. Does it make sense to aim for what you do not believe you can get? That would be hopeless. Again, I urge you to put your confidence in God.
Your hope is…
So what do you hope for? A new car, a better job, or a home? Or do you want to live forever with the Lord? Jesus promised to give you a life that does not end.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life [John 3:16 (KJV)].
You, child of God, can expect eternal life because of this promise and God’s grace (Ephesians 2:8). Now is not the time to stop believing in this promise. Since you worship and trust God. Let His promise of heaven (eternal life) be your desire.
Blessings to you and your loved ones—♥ Tim.
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Note: parenthesis (#) enclose the key verses.
1 Peter 1:3-21 (3-5, 9, 11, and 13); Romans 5:12-21 (20-21). 1 Matthew 5:1-12 (12) and Luke 6:20-26 (23). 2 Similar to Christ’s suffering and entering into glory; read Luke 24:13-27 (25-27). 3 Romans 8:18-30 (24)