Monday, July 03, 2017

Hope by Grace (2 Thessalonians 2:16)

Today’s scripture: 2 Thessalonians 2:16

I’ve written before how grace and hope and faith and peace all seem to go together. Today’s verse focuses on how Jesus Christ’s love for us brings “everlasting consolation and good hope by grace.”

Good hope …

Hope is an anticipation of good things to come. We hope for good weather. We hope for a good job. We hope for a good vacation.

We hope for the best outcome to any situation.

This verse, though, mentions another “hope” Jesus brings: “everlasting consolation …”

Consolation is comforting someone who is dealing with sorrow, pain, or loneliness. And we’ve all been there.

We’ve all suffered loss. We’ve all experienced pain. We’ve all been lonely.

And we’ve all sought comfort … or consolation.

The only real source of true comfort is the Lord Jesus Christ. Only He can sooth a wounded soul. Only He can cover the pain and give strength when we have none of our own. Only He can offer a port in the storm.

Are you sad? Hurting? Lonely? Go to the Comforter. Let Him console you … wherever you are and whatever you’re experiencing.

Find hope in Him.

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