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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

How I Should Respond To Hope

In review of Ephesians 4:1 it says, “Live and act in a way worthy of those who have been chosen for such wonderful blessings as these.”

Bottom Line:
Live in a way worthy of someone who was chosen for wonderful blessings.

What this means to me:
I am to live my and act out my life in a way that is worthy as one who had been chosen by God for wonderful blessings.

What I know from scriptures is that God will never stop loving me and nothing can destroy my relationship with him.  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).

This means that I’m eternally secure. Once I was born into a family, I can’t be unborn out of it. Once I’m born again, I can’t be unborn out of the family of God. Once my 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 I might have or how many sins I commit. If I put my trust in Christ, he says that nothing will separate me from his love. No matter what I face in life, I will never face it alone.

This is the Good News: I’m forgiven, and free. God is for me, and he’s never going to stop loving me.

Given this, what should my response be? “Live and act in a way worthy of those who have been chosen for such wonderful blessings as these” (Ephesians 4:1).

In summary, because I belong to God, I am to live out my life in way that is worthy of the special privilege of being part of his family brings. God I thank you this morning for calling me to be part of your family and your blessings. To order for me live in a way that’s worthy, I need to always be hopeful and be able to share that hope with others. Our new church has been talking more about us “finding the pain” in those around us (those 8-15 people that surround us) and to “be the and offer the hope of Christ” to them.  I need to live each day with the gratefulness of the blessings he gives me; now and in eternity.  I should be willing to get to know others more personally and I they reveal pain in their own lives, help them by showing the hope that I have.

I am to live in a way that’s worthy. Live with hope, and share that hope with others.

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