Content Tagged: Hope
Undivided: A Study of James
Life is hard and full of pain. Anyone who says otherwise is either delusional or trying to sell you something! So how do you respond to that painful reality? If you do what comes naturally to you, you'll fight, take flight, complain, or blame. But God offers a better way....
Suffering for the sake of righteousness allows us to receive eternal reward. Jesus is our example of victorious suffering, and we have the opportunity to join in His victory as believers.
Since our certain and eager expectation of hope's fulfillment in the future does not ensure that we will pass the time in the meantime well, Peter challenges his audience in 1 Peter 1:13-25 to live lives characterized by holiness and love as the world watches on.
Even in the midst of difficulty and trial, the people of God possess hope in the future. This certain and eager expectation in the future reorients their perspective and experience in the present such that worship and joy become possible even in difficulty.