The Gift of Hope

Romans 5:5 NLT And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love. 

Absence of Hope

  • Examples in the Scripture
  • Hope killers

Hope = Trustful expectation, particularly with reference to the fulfillment of God's promises. 

How can we have hope? (Romans 5:2-5) 

  • Promises from God
  • Past performance
  • Proven love

Hope brings... 

Jeremiah 17:7 Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is. 8 For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters... 

  • A positive outlook
  • Anticipation of the future
  • Ardent Confidence (Lamentations 3:21-26

Give the gift of hope

1 Peter 3:15 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: 

  • Sanctify
  • Be ready
  • Have a great attitude