Sentence Sermons (Christian Inspiration) #8 --- Hope

Quotations on Hope

Most people pin their hopes and their futures on their expectations. To live without any expectancies is a real tragedy. We all look forward to something, large or small, thrilling or drab. Are we expecting the arrival of the Lord Christ in our lives? ... The ancient prophets and people lived expectantly, longing for the arrival of the Messiah. The wise men gazed expectantly into the heavens, looking for the sign of His arrival. And when it did take place the whole course of human history suddenly altered its course. Things were different, different than they had ever been before or would be ever again. This is the tone that we must recapture in our lives and in our world today.

—Donald R. Himmelman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Sarasota, Fla., Dec. 1, 1968.

Hope is the desire of things which we expect will add to our happiness. No man hopes for things which he knows to be evil–hope embraces expected good.

—G.W. Montgomery, Evangelical Magazine and Gospel Advocate, Utica, N.Y., Sept. 13, 1842.

The true definition of hope is the expectation of future good; or it is the desire of good, heightened by the expectation of enjoyment. It is a compound of desire and expectation. For when we hope for anything, we have a desire for it, and entertain an expectation that it will be granted unto us. We may, however, desire a thing, and yet, have no expectation of it. Hope springs directly from the fount of God's love. It overflows the soul and bursts forth with praise and thanksgiving. ... Hope enables us to love all men with a pure heart fervently. It teaches universal brotherhood. If we love our entire race as we ought, then we shall desire their best good, and pray for their happiness.

—N.C. Hodgdon, Evangelical Magazine and Gospel Advocate, Utica, N.Y., April 3, 1846.

Hope is an exercise of the mind, created by the desirableness of possessing certain unattained objects, and the reasons for the expectations of their successful pursuit. Hope is natural to every man. Its moral character is determined by the considerations which sustain it, and the objects upon which it terminates. Its energy is dependent upon our estimation of the advantages we anticipate from the acquisition, temporal, or spiritual; and its power over our thoughts, and action is regulated by the testimonies which increase or diminish the probabilities of gaining the ends its proposes.

—Robert Boyte C. Howell, The Baptist, Nashville, Tenn., Dec. 20, 1845.

Hope is the principal antidote which keeps our heart from breaking. A strong mind always has hope. Hope awakens courage. Despondency is the last of all evils. Hope is a prophecy fulfilled in part. God places it in our hand to act at all times, especially in emergency cases. Its inspiring influence should be cultivated in the heart of every youth. It will give strength and courage. Hope is eternal. The man who has God-given light or hope in his breast can help many others in the world's darkness, not to his loss, but a gain for all. This hope is based on the faith in the Redeemer, and keeps our earthly hopes from running riot into forbidden paths. To live without it, is blind infatuation. To die without it, eternal ruin.

—Wilfred G. Hurley, Intermountain Catholic, Salt Lake City, Utah, Feb. 20, 1932.

Hope is one of the abiding and sustaining forces in the human life. When hope is gone, life is not worth living. It is the hope of a brighter day, of a larger and fuller life tomorrow that keeps us working at the task we have today. It is the hope of ultimate victory of right over wrong, of good over evil, and of life over death, that keeps our faces turned toward the goal of final victory.

—L.E. Alford, The Clarion-Ledger, Jackson, Miss., June 19, 1948.

Hope is more than wishful thinking; it is a firm expectation based on certain fundamental truths and actions. Hope is never a substitute for clear thinking and hard work. On the contrary, hope leads one to think and to work. The foundation of hope is belief in God.

—Charles L. Allen, The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, Ga., Sept. 1, 1955.

A vision of hope and ambition cannot be confused with "wishful thinking." Hope is the master of inspiration–the generation force that leads to faith and action! Wishful thinking, on the other hand, is a tool of the weak to satisfy the longing of one who cannot face reality.

—W. Phil Christensen, Reaper, Zurich, Switzerland, Feb. 21, 1968.

Killing hope is moral suicide.

—Henry F. Cope, Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Ill., July 7, 1907.

Our only hope when troubles come is in the love of Christ. He is the sinning, suffering world’s great and loving Friend, and we can go to Him when all earthly tongues are dumb. More than that, the sorrows that have come will be for our highest good if we will only let in the light of our Redeemer’s face.

—J.B. Cranfill,, Baptist Standard, Dallas, Texas, Jan. 1, 1903.

Hope is an incentive to faith and assists in its active exercise. Hope lightens the darkest horizon, and strengthens the determination to push forward, though everything around may seem to conspire to defeat the work we are seeking to do. It is akin to faith in that it inspires a continuance in well doing because of the hope of good and satisfactory results.

—W.H. Garrett, Zion's Ensign, Lamoni, Iowa, July 12, 1906.

Hope expects the fulfillment of every promise of God, because faith accepts them as true and believes that He is not slack concerning His promises. If expectations fail, it is because faith falters, for which there is no reason except that which exists in the person who exercises it.

—B.J.W. Graham, Christian Index, Atlanta, Ga., Oct. 7, 1915.

God set the lighthouses of Hope along the coast of Trouble's sea that man might find the harbors of peace and contentment.

—W.A. MacKenzie, Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville, Fla., Aug. 15, 1923.

Hope is the expectation of good to come, and a desire for that which is promised. It is always optimistic, always looks upon the bright side, always expecting better days and better things to come. It rests upon faith and love. For without faith there could be no hope, and without love nothing to hope for. ... If we have faith we will have hope, for hope springs from faith and is nourished by love. It cheers the heart and buoys us up, through seas of trouble, through storms and tempest, through trials of all kinds; it always sees the bow of promise in the clouds, "the sun still shining though the day be dark and dreary."

—C.M. Mills, Autumn Leaves, Lamoni, Iowa, December 1899.

Hope means effort, hope means trying, hope means enjoying every means to realize the object of our desire. ... We hear a great deal about charity, we hear a great deal about faith, but very little about hope. Hope is the working virtue of the three. Charity is the highest, faith is the strongest, but hope does all the work. Charity receives at the front door, faith arranges the decorations; but hope is the drudge that does all the house work. We must live up to our hope.

—David S. Phelan, Western Watchman, St. Louis, Mo., Jan. 13, 1916.

Hope is that realm of the spirit in which you begin to picture what you want. As you hold onto hope and your plans and your visions and your dreams they do begin to enlarge. You find that you can dream of something much greater than the dream you first started with. Then when you get it all laid out and it is firm, there is a burning desire for that thing to come to pass in your life. Then faith arises, and faith is the creative ability of God waiting in you to be activated by your hope. ... Love is the motivator that keeps the vision alive and activates the creative ability which is faith, the substance of things hoped for, and puts it into operation.

—Virgil Perryman, Amarillo Daily News, Amarillo, Texas, Aug. 18, 1984.

Hope is always most reasonable when it is most intelligent. Hope is always most confident when it is best informed. Hope is always most sublime when it has had a resurrection. Hope is always most certain when it is born of a religious faith. Hope is always most effective when it has to stand alone. Hope is always most bright when it shines through fears.

—Roy L. Smith, Tampa Morning Tribune, Tampa, Fla., March 16, 1934.

Knowing God by faith, and knowing His goodness and the eternal good and happiness He has in store for us, we naturally look for those blessings and look to that good God to put us in possession of them. This is the divine virtue of hope, which makes us lift up our hearts from this vile earth to God's beautiful heaven, and makes us, in a deep sense of our own helplessness and unworthiness, rely on His infinite goodness and mercy alone to bring about that eternal salvation to which He has called and destined us. How good and how sweet is that divine gift of hope which God poured into our hearts! How vain and empty would life be without it! How we should cherish and hold on to it, knowing that those that trust in the Lord shall never be confounded.

—Cornelius Van de Ven, Monroe Morning World, Monroe, La., March 3, 1930.

Hope never turns to the past with anticipations.

—Ernest C. Wareing, Western Christian Advocate, Cincinnati, Ohio, July 12, 1928.

Faith, without Hope as a partner, won’t get along well.

—Jack Warwick, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh, Pa., Jan. 2, 1939.

The rainbow of hope would never have been known if there had been no tears through which the sunlight of love might shine.

—H. Curran Wilbur, Wheeling Register, Wheeling, W.Va., March 1, 1903.

Hope is the angel of mercy.

Rural Repository, Hudson, N.Y., April 16, 1836.

Hope is the yeast in the bread of life.

Taylor County News, Abilene, Texas, Jan. 6, 1893.

Hope is the star which cheers us through the troubled voyage of life.

Catholic Telegraph, Cincinnati, Ohio, Aug. 3, 1833.

Hope is the blossom of happiness.

Christian Advocate, New York, N.Y., April 10, 1879.

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