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We all glibly say ‘I hate such-and-such’ when we fall out with someone or dislike something.

We hear children saying ‘I hate you’ when they’re angry or annoyed that they haven’t got their own way.

 In reality in both these scenarios what we really mean is we ‘dislike’ someone or something. Hatred is such a strong powerful word that means intense dislike or abhorrence. I.e. Not ‘I’m just not very keen on something.

How many times have you said you hate something or someone? Did you really mean ‘hate’?

I think you’d agree that most people do not really ‘hate’ anyone. We may dislike them but we don’t really hate them. Hatred suggests we are completely opposed to a persons standards or ethics, we disagree with their beliefs or religion and that we simply despise them just because they are different from us.

I don’t know about you, but that’s not the kind of person I want be. Sadly there are many in our world today who do actually hate others, and will do absolutely anything to ensure others know they hate them.

Let’s pray for peace, and an end to hatred in this world we live in. It’s become a very dark and unwelcoming place to live. However there is still a ray of hope and light trying to burst through, and that is God’s love for us. We must therefore spread that light in this world so that the darkness can be eradicated, and there is an end to hatred and war.

It starts with the cross, continues with Jesus, and lasts forever because of God’s love.

1 Corinthians 13:13 (NIV)

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

Who have you put your trust in?

My hope is in God. He has proved to me over the years that putting my hope in Him is the best thing I could ever have done.

Long before the world was made, God chose Christ to be given to you in these last days. Because of Christ, you have put your trust in God. He raised Christ from the dead and gave Him great honor. So now your faith and hope are in God. ~ 1 Peter 1:20-21 (New life version)

When was the last time you thanked God for giving Christ for us?

Our faith and our hope in God is built on how much God loves us, and how willingly he sacrificed His Son so we could be forgiven. God had faith that we would love Him when He gave Christ to the world. So now it’s time for us fully repay God, by putting all our faith and trust in Him.

We’re not the only ones who sometimes need to be reminded that we must keep our hope in God…

O Israel, hope in the Lord! For there is loving-kindness with the Lord. With Him we are saved for sure. ~ Psalm 130:7 (New Life Version)

God loves us unconditionally, so why wouldn’t you put all your hope in Him?

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. ~ Romans 15:13 (NIV)

It can be overwhelming when emotion takes over. But when it’s hope that overwhelms you, it is uplifting. What greater feeling is there than having hope in the knowledge that God loves you.

When we hope for something, it can be just a pipe-dream, or it can be because it’s something that we truly believe will become reality.

You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in your word. ~ Psalm 119:114 NIV

When we have hope, it makes life easier to cope with doesn’t it.

If it’s God we place our hope and trust in, we will never be disappointed, because He will never let us down, because He loves us and gives us hope for the future.

In Christ alone my hope is found
He is my light, my strength, my song
This Cornerstone, this solid ground
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm
What heights of love, what depths of peace
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease
My Comforter, my All in All
Here in the love of Christ I stand

Take a few minutes to consider the people who have been part of your life at any time, now or in the past, who have brought you blessings…

Now take another few minutes to think about those who came into your life, but instead of being a blessing,  ended up teaching you a life lesson…

Which made you feel better, thinking of those who brought you blessing, or those who taught you a life lesson?

I hope and pray that I treat every person who comes into my life the same, regardless of how they treat me. It may be hard at times, but I know with God’s help I can treat everyone equally.

Time to shine

Posted: June 29, 2017 in hope, music, quotes, religion
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Are you ready to shine?

Hope

Posted: June 23, 2017 in hope, life, music, quotes, religion
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Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him. ~ Psalm 62:5 (NIV)

There is only one person who can truly give us hope. Hope for today, and hope for the future. God, where all my hope comes from.