From time-to-time here at Faithbox, we like to share blog posts that are intended to help you live out your faith in practical and relevant ways for everyday life. This post is just that and is about something we are all looking for: Hope!
Nearly every person alive has hoped for something.
We’ve hoped for a job. We’ve hoped for good weather. We’ve hoped for a family. We’ve hoped for a good day. And maybe we’ve even hoped for a miracle. The fact is:
We ALL hope!
And this makes sense – especially for those of us who believe in Jesus Christ. As Christians, we often speak of the hope we have in Jesus. Colossians 1:27 calls Jesus “the hope of glory,” and since Jesus lives within us, we, too, have that hope!
But what does that hope look like?
Yes, we can rest assured knowing that our eternity is secured in Jesus. But when faced with adversity, uncertainty, or troubling circumstances, how do we show the outside world that we still have hope?
Well, to answer that question we must first define what hope is not.
Hope is not wishful thinking. Wishful thinking is believing something could happen without any basis that it will happen.
Hope is not just positive speech. While remaining positive is important, hope goes well beyond “happy-go-lucky.”
Hope is not broad optimism. You can be optimistic and hopeful, but hope is not broad or open-ended. It’s acute and focused on the thing it is believing for.
Now that we’ve clarified what hope is not, let’s define what hope looks like.
3 Ways to Show Hope
Hebrews 11:1 says, “Faith is the substance of things hoped for…” In other words, hope has a reason to believe. Your hope is anchored in what Jesus did when He overcame the grave! Therefore, you can broadcast hope by sharing the promises of life, joy, and friendship that Jesus so often spoke about.
Rather than falling prey to panic, hope takes its cue from Jesus who remained at peace despite facing death. In times of distress, it’s important that Christians lead the way in de-escalating fear and demonstrating peace before others. Hope combats against feelings of fear and worry by pointing to truth, offering grace, and being a voice of reason.
We learn in Romans 5:5 that our hope will not lead to disappointment. Even when things become more difficult and circumstances become less certain, hope looks toward the future when Jesus will fulfill all that He has promised. Do your best to remind people that there is a light at the end of the tunnel and that there is something to look forward to even when it doesn’t seem like it.
How can showing hope in these ways make a difference in the lives of the people around you?
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