How Should You Respond to Hope?
“Live and act in a way worthy of those who have been chosen for such wonderful blessings as these.” (Ephesians 4:1 TLB)
God will never, ever, ever, ever stop loving you. You will always be loved. Nothing can destroy your relationship with God. If you grasp this fact, then it will change your life.
Romans 8:38-39 says, “I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from his love. Death can’t, and life can’t. The angels won’t, and all the powers of hell itself cannot keep God’s love away. Our fears for today, our worries about tomorrow, or where we are — high above the sky, or in the deepest ocean — nothing will ever be able to separate us from the love of God demonstrated by our Lord Jesus Christ when he died for us” (TLB).
When you put your hand in God’s, he grasps it, and he’s never letting go. There may be times you might like to let go. But he never will. You are eternally secure. Once you are born into a family, you can’t be unborn out of it. Once you’re born again, you can’t be unborn out of the family of God. Once your name is written in the eternal book of life, it can’t be erased. It’s indelible ink. It doesn’t matter how many doubts or fears you have or how many sins you commit. If you put your trust in Christ, he says nothing — nothing! — will separate you from his love. No matter what you face in life, you will never face it alone.
This is the Good News: You are forgiven, and you are free. God is for you, and he’s never going to stop loving you.
It’s why thousands of people have sacrificed money to give to Daily Hope so that we can spread this message of hope. It’s why Saddleback Church was built. It’s why we’re doing The Peace Plan. It’s why we train pastors around the world. It’s why we do student ministry and children’s ministry and hundreds of other ministries, because nobody else can offer what Jesus Christ offers: a life of freedom and forgiveness and power and peace and purpose that goes on and on for eternity.
What should be your response? “Live and act in a way worthy of those who have been chosen for such wonderful blessings as these” (Ephesians 4:1).
Live in a way that’s worthy. Live with hope, and share that hope with others.
Talk It Over
- What are your fears for today? What are your worries for tomorrow?
- What do you think God wants you to do with those fears and worries?
- What does it mean for you to “live in a way that’s worthy”?
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