Charity, Pt. 20

Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not: charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

I Corinthians 13:4-7

In our list of the characteristics of charity, we have come to the fact that charity “hopeth all things.”  Charity has hope.  Charity is not negative and is not bitter.  Charity is positive because charity has hope.  Charity has hope because charity knows the Lord, knows the Bible, and knows the end of things.  Charity has faith that the Bible is right.  And that faith allows charity to have a true and confident hope in the future.

It is sad when Christians live as if they have no hope.  It is sad when Christians act like they are living in defeat all of the time.  A Christian should be the most hopeful person in the world.  A Christian, after all, has the greatest source of hope in the history of the world.  A Christian has a sure foundation for hope.  A Christian’s hope is not simply wishful thinking.  It is something far greater.  It is a hope rooted in the Bible.  It is a hope rooted in the Lord Jesus Christ Himself.  No matter how bad things might look in a Christian’s life, they should still have hope.

Charity is characterized by hope.  Are we characterized by hope?  Does the world see hope in us, or does it see negativity?  Is the world able to see a confidence in us that is rooted in the Word of God, or does it just confusion and fear?  Charity has hope and it has hope in the correct object.  Do we?

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