Sometimes hope is hard to find. There aren’t many good news stories. Before bed, as my spouse is typically scrolling through Twitter, I always make sure that if he is going to share something with me, he must also include something good. Sometimes it’s too hard to bear all the brokenness. I recognize that I have the luxury of setting aside the hard stuff, but that some people are living it every day.
When I turn to the Bible, I am reminded that Scripture overflows with hope!
“We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves. 2 Each of us should please our neighbors for their good, to build them up. 3 For even Christ did not please himself but, as it is written: “The insults of those who insult you have fallen on me.”[a] 4 For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.
5 May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, 6 so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” – Romans 15:1-6
This passage resonates with me in so many ways. “For even Christ did not please himself…” reminds me that surely my sinful desires make it hard for me to be like Christ as it feels good to do something for me! At the same time, it’s an encouragement to build us those around me, as it is an example of Christ.
So much of what we see and read everyday, especially in our social media is negative and causes us to feel deflated.
If I am able to start my day with God’s Word, even if it’s only one verse, it can provide the endurance, hope and encouragement I need to be more Christ-like to my neighbor and show His love to those around me!