GraceLife Blog 84-Hope

Living as an individual who believes in a purpose, who believes in changing lives can be, at times, a lonely path, a disappointing path, and not many of us like either of those two things.  But is loneliness going to last forever?  If we put our faith in God, then, no, it won’t.  Our loneliness will only last for a season.  Our drought in any area of our lives will only last for a numbered portion of days.  If we put our faith in ourselves, however, and don’t wait on God to move us forward, then our loneliness may last a lifetime.

Everybody wants to belong to something, and when our plans don’t succeed, we may find ourselves losing what has always made us happy.  When we lose the thing that has made us happy for many years, we may find ourselves without hope, and when we lose hope, we lose self control.  And when we lose self control, we may find ourselves looking for hope in things that offer no hope at all.  Things such as alcohol, drugs, rage, greed, lust, multiple sexual partners or people who are just as lost as us.  And we may never find an answer to our problems if we insist on looking in all the wrong places.

What is the answer to freeing ourselves from the bad things in life?  The answer is God, and before the earth was created, God had a son.  He allowed his son to give himself as a sacrifice to humans so that they could free themselves from those things that keep them trapped in pain.  God gave his son, Jesus Christ, so that we could free ourselves from evil, from the things that keep us feeling defeated, worthless and lonely.  We didn’t do anything to persuade God’s decision to give us freedom in Christ.  God generously gave it to us and called it grace.

In Jesus Christ, we have hope that he will lead us to a better place emotionally, mentally and physically.  We have hope that he loves us and wants the best for us, and we have hope that he will keep us safe even after our bodies wither and pass away from this life.  If we choose to believe what Christ said about himself, his Father God, and the Holy Spirit, we can rest in the faith that he will open up the doors for us to find freedom, salvation and truth.  We can rest easy in knowing that we have done what the God of All has asked us to do to receive all the benefits of defeating death.

“If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples.  Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free… … …I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin.  Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever.  So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed” (John 8:31-36).

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