A People Of Hope
God wants each of us to live with hope in our hearts. This fresh hope is available to each of us. As this divine hope becomes a reality to us, we can in turn become a source of hope to others. Those who are battling with a loss of hope need to be helped by those who are full of hope. If we are connected to the source of hope, God, then we can become a source of hope to those around us. We can play a role in restoring the hope of others.
Full of hope
This is how God intends us to live. With an abundance of hope in our hearts.
Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him.
When a glass is full of water it begins to overflow. This overflow is the abundance of hope that can touch others lives and brings them to a place of wholeness and hope. We need to make sure that hope is alive and well within our own hearts. We are called to be people of hope, bringing hope to those around us.
Encourage each other
One way, in which we can be a people of hope, is to be a source of encouragement to others. I have discovered that it is a matter of those, who are a little stronger, encouraging those, who are a little weaker. Another thing that I have discovered is that those who are a little stronger can become those who are a little weaker. It is for this reason that when we are feeling a little stronger, that we be a source of strength and hope to others, so that they in turn can be a source of hope and strength to us when we feel weak. We must seek out opportunity to encourage and give hope to others.
Hebrews 10:24 Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.
Trust God to give you creative ways to reach out and encourage others.
Isaiah 35:3-4 With this news bring cheer to all discouraged ones. Encourage those who are afraid. Tell them, “Be strong, fear not, for your God is coming to destroy your enemies. He is coming to save you.”
Kindness is another way in which we can bring hope to others. We live in a ruthless world where everyone is concerned about himself or herself. Selfishness is the dominant sin. When we begin to show kindness we begin to reverse the effects of selfishness and create an opportunity for God to touch the lives of others. As we show kindness we can become a source of hope and a people of hope to others.
Ephesians 4:32 Be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God has forgiven you because you belong to Christ.
I have discovered that everyone responds to kindness. I remember once reading a quote in a diary. It said: ‘Be gentle with everyone, for everyone is facing his or her own challenges’. Become a person of hope as you show kindness to others.
If we are going to be a people of hope we will need to be flexible. People who are unaccommodating bring condemnation and hopelessness to others. Often times when people are going through difficulty, others do not fully understand the magnitude of the difficulty. Under these circumstances judgment is easily made without a real understanding. We need to remain flexible and make allowances for others and the things that they are facing.
Ephesians 4:2 Be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love.
In this way we can be a source of hope for others.
Carry the load
Here is another way in which we can be a source of hope to others. We can play a role in carrying the load and sharing the burden. I once heard someone say that ‘a joy shared is a joy doubled and a problem shared is a problem halved’. We can be a source of hope as we carry the burdens of others. This involves effort and may mean that we have to go the extra mile. As Christians this is how we are called to live.
Galatians 6:2 Share each other’s troubles and problems, and so obey our Lord’s command. (Living Bible)
Galatians 6:2 Bear one another’s burdens. (KJV)
When we are patient with others we give them breathing room. When we are impatient we generate more pressure for people and they distance themselves from us. We need to be patient with people. When we are patient, people can begin to feel that they have the support and the space to be able to move in the right direction.
1 Thessalonians 5:14 Dear brothers, warn those who are lazy, comfort those who are frightened, take tender care of those who are weak, and be patient with everyone.
The Bible tells us that one of the characteristics of love is that love is patient. This patient love can be a source of hope to others.
Pray for each other
Prayer is such a wonderful thing. It is very reassuring to know that others are praying for you. When you are praying for someone else, you become a source of hope for them and the situations that they may be facing. Find out what those around you are facing and offer to pray for them. The results will amaze you!
James 5:16 Admit your faults to one another and pray for each other so that you may be healed.
Light in the darkness
When we become a source of hope and a people of hope for others, light penetrates the darkness and brings hope.
Isaiah 58:10 Help those in trouble! Then your light will shine out from the darkness, and the darkness around you shall be as bright as day.
But it is far more than just this. When we become a source of hope to others, our own darkness begins to disappear. In other words, we will have hope within us as we begin to give hope to others.
1 John 2:8 as we obey this commandment, to love one another, the darkness in our lives disappears and the new light of life in Christ shines in.