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Now Remain Faith, Hope and Love

Is there any sadder word spoken to a person regarding the condition of a loved one in the ICU unit than, “I’m sorry.  There is no hope of recovery.”  When the word is given that there is no hope, it is like sucking the air out of the room.  Everyone is optimistic as long as there is “hope” for change and improvement in any of life’s situations.  In fact, one of the definitions of “hope” is “a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen”.  Hope breeds positive expectation, joy, excitement, and anticipation.  Hopelessness drains us of all of those things.

Hope encourages us to press toward the completion of goals set or job expectations.  John Fitzgerald Kennedy said, “We should not let our fears hold us back from pursuing our hopes.”  Dale Carnegie likewise stated, “Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.”

Paul, the Apostle, would record in his letter to the Romans….

2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. 3 Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. 6 You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. (Romans 5:2-6).

Hope is manifested in the life of one that experiences the joy of the LORD JESUS daily.  Likely, you know someone whose countenance is radiant, whose smile is delightful, whose attitude is stuck on being optimistic and cheerful, and whose capability to encourage is boundless.  What is their secret?  Do they not have any sorrows or struggles in life that bring them low?  Are they immune to the virus of discouragement?  Truthfully, they know every struggle that all others face.  But they have learned how to be overcomers by faith in the Lord’s promises and living in His hope.

John Maxwell listed a number of benefits that hope provides in a brief list entitled, “What Does Hope Do for Mankind?”  Here are his observations…..
Hope shines brightest when the hour is darkest.

Hope motivates when discouragement comes.

Hope energizes when the body is tired.
Hope sweetens while bitterness bites.
Hope sings when all melodies are gone.
Hope believes when evidence is eliminated.
Hope listens for answers when no one is talking.
Hope climbs over obstacles when no one is helping.
Hope endures hardship when no one is caring.
Hope smiles confidently when no one is laughing.
Hope reaches for answers when no one is asking.
Hope presses toward victory when no one is encouraging.
Hope dares to give when no one is sharing.
Hope brings the victory when no one is winning.
  (John Maxwell from Think on These Things).