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Hope maketh not ashamed

Hope is a feeling of expectation and desire for a particular thing to happen.

You hope in the midst of chaos; while all sorts is happening to crush your life, for instance; feelings of disadvantage, loss, despair, grief, helplessness, disappointment sorrow, pain, famine, death and sadness. But somehow in such places of so much need hope arises to encourage you to confront those dark forces which daily has disfigured so many lives.

In today’s challenged world, you need hope – “…hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.” Romans 5:5

Being a Christian comes at a high cost. “Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.” Proverbs 13:12. But something I want you to see, our Christian hope is neither selfish nor individualistic, it functions as part of the whole to serve the purposes of God – it is a tree of life.

Paul says in 1 Corinthians 12:26 “And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.”

“Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, [5] Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; [6] Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; [7] Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

As believers we’ve this hope one for another, a hope that we all have a better way of life. When Paul risked his life, it was not out of a selfish ambition. Jesus died for us all. We hope together, and our faith is for us together. Faith that advantages you over others isn’t faith.

We should mourn together when we witness the love and future hopes of our fellow believers are being crushed, when we hear cries of joy are being changed to cries of anguish, we must not only be outrage but must also be driven to try and be part of the answer to prayers made for that better way of living to become real.

Sometimes when you know what it is to hope, you refuse to be comforted. “By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter; Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.” Hebrews 11:25 – 26

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