Exercise Hope

Hope is misunderstood by poets as a fleeting emotion, manipulated by politicians as an expensive promise, and managed by the religious as an earned state. It is none of those things. Hope is your joyful, blessed, constant mindset in Jesus Christ.

Hope is your confident and continuous expectation of experiencing God’s goodness. “Faith, hope, and love go on forever” (1 Cor. 13:13a). They are now and always, and you never have to wait for them—they’re available to you in every moment of every day. They are your permanent resource, an unending inheritance of God’s grace. They’re who you are in Jesus.

The Bible invites us to pursue love (1 Cor. 14:1). So too with hope. Just as you exercise for the health of your body, work out hope for the health of your soul. Stir it up in your heart and mind until it overwhelms despair, disappointment, and doubt. Choose each day to make your confidence in the goodness of God the filter through which you see your circumstances, and the place from which you speak to everyone in your life.

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