Where’s the hope or encouragement come from?

October 13, 2011


Are you full of encouragement today? I hope you are. However there is a chance that you are not. I am not trying to suggest anything except that we for some reason are not overly full of joy or encouragement all the time. Some days are just not fun. Some days I have to look pretty hard for something to be happy or encouraged about. Some have that experience more than others.

As believers we believe and accept that the joy of the Lord is our strength. That indicates that the hope that drives us is our faith and belief in Christ Jesus. There are some basic things we accept that keep us going. Jesus said we were more than servants and that we were friends. God indicates that He will not leave us nor forsake us. The word declares to ask, seek, and knock so we can receive, find, and have doors opened before us. For our future we are told that if He went away to build a place for us, He would also return to receive us unto Himself.

The truth of the matter is that some do not know that hope. The world does not know that hope. Those outside of Christ have not that hope. The man let down through the roof to Christ came from a background of teaching that his condition was an indication of his future. He had no hope. When Jesus said your sins are forgiven it was a statement to give hope. For once in his life now he had a reason to live.

The purpose of the relationships we are involved in is give hope. It is through the influence we offer into the lives of others that God instills hope in them. It is imperative that we be intentionally involved in the lives of others to declare there is a reason to live for Christ. Jesus still saves. Jesus still forgives. Jesus still heals. Jesus still gives life and the world needs to know it. How we give ourselves to be encouragement in the lives of others will determine our success, growth, and the fulfillment of purpose in this life.

Man_Up and be the man that God wants you to be.

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