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Love always hopes DAY 12

4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoiceswith the truth. 7 It always protects, always

trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

1 Corinthians 13:4-7

In one of my all-time favourite movies, The Shawshank Redemption, Andy Dufresne turns to Red and says: Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies. Hope is a good thing I agree. It makes you last, it makes you go just that little further. It looks into the future and can crack a smile no matter how grim the present may look. Today I sat down for my first ever hair-cut from my wife and all I had was hope. I am glad to report that my hope was not in vain. My ever-multi-talented wife didn’t disappoint and I can sleep tonight with a good conscience and a well-groomed head. We entered this lockdown with the hope of a wonderful time together as family and I can say it has been better than what we’ve hoped for!

…always hopes

The Greek word translated “hope” is from elpidzo, meaning “to hope or wait for salvation with joy and full confidence.” Used 32 times in the New Testament, this word expresses more than a wish or desire, but a confident belief in the unseen. Hebrews 11:1 says, “Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” Faith, hope, and love are often intimately connected in Scripture.

Love hopes because it knows the end of the story, for heaven is its destiny. It hopes in more than just the now. We can so easily just hope for this lockdown to end. We can hope the Corona Virus doesn’t hit our family. We can hope our businesses survive beyond this. But what if it does not work out like we hope for? Can there be a greater hope to hold on to? This reminds me of Paul’s other letter to the Corinthian church.

17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

2 Corinthians 4:17-18

What we have here is temporary. This ‘seen’ world is not everything to hope for. Our world-wide crisis has proven it again. And in the midst of it, so many people are living in fear. Not just for the outcome of it all, but also for eternity. Death is suddenly right in our faces and the reality that we all must face one day, our unavoidable death, is much too close for comfort. But there is a hope beyond this life and there can and should be assurance of life after death. But where can we find it? With Good Friday and Easter Weekend a couple of days away, the answer is waiting on a lonely hilltop and at an empty grave. The answer lies in a Person. Jesus, the Hope of the world.

Stay safe and stand strong.

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