Thursday, January 24, 2013
“[Love] always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” 1 Corinthians 13: 7 NIV
Love is patient and love is kind. It does not envy, it is not proud. Love is a wonderful gift given to us from the Father above. In loving us, He offers us Himself because He is love. What a gift this is! How special you are! God created you by His love, He sustains you by His love, He provides for you by His love, He redeems you through Christ Jesus, His Son, by His love. He has given you a blessed hope and glorious future by His love.
Do you know that love hopes? Yes, it’s true! Hope and love cannot be separated. He who has chosen to love, has also chosen to hope. God has chosen to love you (even when you act a little crazy) and He has a hope, a confident expectation, in you—that you will become what you were born to be and bring Him glory. Likewise, you have chosen to love God, therefore, you have a hope, a confident expectation in God that He is who He says He is and will do what He has said. In life, your love for God will cause you to always hope, for what is life without hope?
Today, be encouraged. Do not give up! Wait on the Lord and trust in Him, even when you can’t feel Him near or see Him working. Surely, your hope in Him will be rewarded.
Declaration: “I choose to hope in God because I love Him. I choose to walk in the purposes of God for my life. I will run this race with patience and I will finish well.”