The hope in me

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Have you ever wondered what you would say if someone asked you about the hope in you?    I have wanted to blog about this subject for some time now and I saw a friend on a social media site talking about the same thing just this week.  I think it is something we should think about as Christians.

The Bible talks about our standpoint as children of God in 1 Peter 3:15.

1 Peter 3:15-18  KJV

 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ. For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing. For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:

1 Peter 3:15-18 MSG  If with heart and soul you’re doing good, do you think you can be stopped? Even if you suffer for it, you’re still better off. Don’t give the opposition a second thought. Through thick and thin, keep your hearts at attention, in adoration before Christ, your Master. Be ready to speak up and tell anyone who asks why you’re living the way you are, and always with the utmost courtesy. Keep a clear conscience before God so that when people throw mud at you, none of it will stick. They’ll end up realizing that they’re the ones who need a bath. It’s better to suffer for doing good, if that’s what God wants, than to be punished for doing bad. That’s what Christ did definitively: suffered because of others’ sins, the Righteous One for the unrighteous ones. He went through it all—was put to death and then made alive—to bring us to God.

I’ve often asked myself what might I say to someone about why I have hope in the Lord. I know people who have told me they wanted proof of God.  I think most people want to believe in a higher power. Everyone could find comfort in the idea of a life after death.  Let’s face it, this life can be rough on all of us at times.  Humans have a God shaped “hole” that needs to be filled. One of my closest friends will argue that this “hole” can be explained by our biology.

Here is the way I see it.  I believe that God gave his Holy Son to come down from his heavenly home to be a human sacrifice for us, to pay the price for our human mistakes.  The proof of this is “lived out” in our lives day by day through everything that we experience—-whatever that may be for each and every person individually. Our experiences as human beings will point to God if we will give Him a chance.  We have to find the proof in our own everyday lives as we also discover the path God has for our lives.

 

 

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