As I am writing this post this morning, it is the morning of Easter 2017. For most Christians, it is a day of celebration on this day as we celebrate the resurrection of Christ. For some of us, this weekend and Christmas are the only two days we attend church.
As I was attending church this morning, it occurred to me what hope is. We often celebrate hope as a need that we think should or can happen. But, hope is more than that. It’s about believing and faith.
As the message this morning was from the book of 1 Corinthians chapter 15, I was blown away by what Paul had to say about faith and hope. The world has tried for years that you don’t need Christ or faith to reach you goals. But, what if that is all that you have? What if you don’t have anything else but faith?
There are a lot of broken people in the world trying to find something to believe in. Whether it’s broken hearts, broken lives, they seeking encouragement and someone to tell them that’s it’s going to be okay and that there is hope.
Paul wrote in verse 17 of 1 Corinthians chapter 15 if Christ was not resurrected we have not hope and that faith is dead and that we are still living in our sin. Wow, is all I have to say.
“Sin” is a powerful word to use in today’s culture. “How dare you judge me?” and “Who are you to judge me?” is the response of the culture today. It was a powerful word in Jesus’s time as well. We don’t like to be reminded of the life that we are living.
If you took a moment to look around you, where would you find yourself. Are you where you want to be in life? Are you on the path that you want to travel in life? Do you struggle with things going on in your life?
Life is never easy. In fact, I’ve always said life in difficult. We struggle. We fall. We get back up. The Speak Hope 365 podcast this week is a quick reminder that we need to get back one more time than we fall.
Life is about overcoming our failures and focusing on what matters the most in our relationships with God and those around us. It’s about encouraging and offering a glimmer of hope when a light is flickering in and out in someone’s life. We should never allow the light and fire of hope within someone to go or to burn completely out.
I watched this week as someone I know totally lose it and went off on someone. It wasn’t anything big but something small. I am reminded from the Christian band Hawk Nelson that “Words can build us up” and “Words can break us down”. Sometimes it seems that it’s easier to use our words to break someone and steal their faith and hope.
They lose the hope to turn to us when they are facing difficult times and need an encouraging word because they are reminded that our words in the past don’t offer encouragement but instead offer destruction. Once words are used for destruction, it’ difficult for someone to trust us again to build them up with an encouraging word.
That’s why so many people in the world who don’t attend church call members of the church hypocrites. We profess to be one way but our actions speak louder than our profession.
So, use you words to build up and not tear down the esteem of people. It may be easier to tear someone tear; but, it becomes harder to build someone back up with encouraging words.
So today of all days, use your words of faith, hope, and encouragement that hope lives in the resurrection of Christ so that the entire world knows that hope does indeed exist.