John 16. Forum Discussion

Hope

“Hope” is one of the most important things in the world. It is right up there with love. Without hope we are lost and have nothing to look forward to.

Jesus understood this. Throughout His life, Jesus was isolated and threatened. Yet through it all, Jesus never lost hope. He was kind to strangers, compassionate, gentle, and warm.

Jesus had reason to be hopeful. He knew that whatever suffering He was going through on earth, no matter how terrible, was only temporary. Conversely, He knew how beautiful Heaven was, and He knew that Heaven is forever.

About Heaven, John wrote:

“And He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain. – Revelation 21:4.

John 16:22 says, “Therefore you too have grief now; but I will see you again, and your heart will rejoice, and no one will take your joy away from you.”

With so much trouble and anxiety in the world, we can lose our hope if we are not careful. If we focus on what is being reported in the news, or the problems that are all around us, we will become dejected and beaten down.

It comes down to who we decide to listen to.

If we listen to the negative voices of the world, our days will be spent focusing on selfishness, greed, and sin. But if we fill our days learning about God and growing in our faith, our days will be filled with hope, purpose, and love.

It matters who we listen to and it matters where our priorities are.

Philippians 4:8 says, “Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.

When we do that, we will know happiness, fulfillment, and peace. If we follow God, He will lead us home.

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Michael

"No tears." "No mourning." "No crying." "No pain." - Sounds wonderful!!

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John

With all of the reporting on the Coronavirus, it is wonderful to reflect on God's word and the beauty of His creation. We have hope because Jesus saved us from our sins.

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