COLUMN: Christ promises hope and pardon

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By George Smith

 Life is tough.

It seems to hit you all at one time. Someone said, “It is like getting the hope kicked out of you.” 

But the Christian has a reason for hope for we are “in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:12-13) and we always have hope because of what God has promised us (Romans 8).

God promises pardon for our guilt. There is “no condemnation” to those who are in Christ (Romans 8:1). The number one cause of hopelessness is hidden guilt and hidden shame but our guilt can be erased and God can take care of the past and the present.

A second benefit of being a Christian is that God’s power can help us to break bad habits. We don’t have the power to change but he does. The more I yield to him, the freer I become.

When I give him control, he sets me free.

Life is a series of problems. You are in one of three situations – you are now coming out of a problem, you are in a problem now, or you are headed into a new one. 

As a Christian, God’s purpose transforms my problems. God can cause all things to work for my good (Romans 8:28). He can bring good out of evil. This is certainly a reason to be hopeful.

God’s protection is a benefit. Fear is a damaging and destructive emotion. But God is with us (Romans 8:31). One plus God is a majority. We don’t have to fear.

God has promised to meet our needs (Romans 8:32). If God loves us enough to send his son to die for us, will he not take care of our needs? 

Of course he will (Philippians 4:19).

The last benefit I want to mention is God’s promise secures my future (Romans 8:38-39). Nothing will make God stop loving us.

Americans have lost hope in government, leaders, school and the future. Our problems seem overwhelming and unsolvable. The hope of this world is not a policy, a program, a candidate or a political party. The hope of the world is Jesus. 

If we are Christians, we have the hope of the world in our hearts. Let’s share this hope. The world needs what we have to share.