619 Hope

Heb 6:19  This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast,

Equipping  Encouraging  and Loving One Another

Throughout the Bible, we find examples of people who struggled with life’s most difficult trials. David, Elijah, and Jeremiah had bouts of fear, anxiety, and depression. Job experienced confusion and suffered physically, mentally, and emotionally.  Habakkuk had great concerns that led to serious questions.  Those who built the early church experienced both rejection and persecution. Paul often felt overwhelmed.  And Peter always seemed to be in some kind of conflict.

We can learn a great deal from the “great cloud of witnesses” (Heb 12:2) who have gone before us in the faith and now live in glory with the Lord.  But we can also learn much from the faithful who are alive and facing trials, tests, and tribulations.  Sharing one’s story and testimony can be an encouragement to others. It can also strengthen those who might be facing similar problems and encourage family, friends, and caregivers.

As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men,
especially unto them who are of the household of faith. (Galatians 6:10)

Let us renew our minds with the knowledge of God’s Word 
strengthen our souls with hope in God’s promises 
and warm our hearts with God’s love 

But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus,
after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.
To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. (1 Pet 5:10-11)