“So that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all then saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God..”Ephesians 3:17-19 (NASB)
“Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” 1 Peter 1:13 (NASB)
In the Christian vocabulary, love is not romantic affection based only on emotion. It is based upon the value of the object loved; and every person is valuable in God’s sight since He gave His Son to save everyone. We should therefore respect the value of every person. This is increasingly important in a world where life is often cheap, and where an individual’s worth is measured by external or material criteria.
Hope in the Christian vocabulary is more than wishful thinking. It is an assurance based on the reasonableness of our faith and the reliability of God’s promises. It is a combination of desire and expectation. Hope keeps us from despair, anguish, loneliness, fear, and all the cares of life related to the future. It keeps the soul calm and secure in days of adversity. Hope does not remove troubles, but sustains the soul in time of troubles. Like an anchor, it does not dispel the storm, quiet the roaring waves, avert the rolling thunder, or bid the winds be still; but it enables the vessel to ride out the fury of the gale and keeps it from being driven on the rocks.
Thank God for our abiding hope in Christ–a hope that serves as “an anchor of the soul.” (Hebrews 6:19)