O Soul, in every word and act, offer hope. Show love. Build faith. Point the way. Promote peace. Tell the truth. Put away harshness and bitterness. Exercise patience. Avoid dead-end discussions and pointless debates. You must try the spirits, test all teachings, expose error, and stop the mouths of those who lead others astray, but at the same time you must provide a vision of the health of soul and hope of eternity that the benevolent God has revealed. Truth and love are two sides of the same divine coin of salvation. One without the other is useless. The world is sinking in its own destruction. Offer them Christ.
Ed Mathews's devotional for today, July 27, is a must-read. It challenged and admonished me. It's one I must come back to often. To quote but a part of it is wrong, but I will include this small paragraph. Please go read all of it.
Waiting for God implies a need, Psalms 123:1,2. It suggests He is sufficient to satisfy our need, Psalms 62:5.
Focus question: What, or who, do you seek? (Heb 11.6). How does the object of your seeking show your willingness to wait?
Who among us is not impatient to receive what we think we need, what we feel we must have? Perhaps because we seek, not God, but something material, some relationship, some accomplishment, upon which we hang our well-being.
O Soul, the world lies before you. All is yours, because you are God’s. Life and death. The present and future. Power and glory. Word and action. Doing and accomplishment. The meek inherit the earth. The humble harness the glorious gifts of God. To his people belong eternal life. You are one, but you are not alone. You are small, but not helpless. The Word in your heart and prayer on your lips make you an effective servant full of hope.
My agenda, a standard Brazilian item, says today is the "Day of Hope." No idea who declared it such. Not a bad designation, probably.
For Christians, every day is the day of hope, of course. "... we rejoice in the hope of God’s glory" Rom 5.4.
A good measure of one’s spiritual condition is certainly that status of their faith, hope, and especially love. If one is to take inventory, this is the place to begin.
Writer quotes several Bible texts where the three are mentioned together. A good "inventory" for self, if you're already thinking of new year. (Wait, it's not Thanksgiving yet!) Or good to do any time.