Thursday, March 18, 2010

Hope Will Hurt

The deadliest commodity a man may possess is hope. It is not love that drives a man, it is the hope that everything he does is gaining him ground closer to that love which he so deeply desires. Upon realizing his love has failed, depression possesses him deep in his soul. This is when we must understand Romans 5:1-11. The Lord God is a God of hope; Christ Jesus is God; we can place our hope in the Love demonstrated on the cross. The logic is simplistic, but God uses the weak to teach the strong, and scripture is so basic that even a child can understand it.

"Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.

You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God's wrath through him! For if, when we were God's enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! Not only is this so, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation." - Romans 5:1-11

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