“Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” – Romans 5:3-5
This may be the first time we’ve walked into a January without the sense of hope that normally accompanies a new year. So many have been pummeled by recent events and are feeling shaken, overwhelmed and wary of what come next.
Fortunately for Christ followers, these emotions can be combatted with biblical truths. He promises to be present, faithful and in control of all things.
When your new years resolutions fall flat…when plans are cut short by events outside of your control…how do you react? Are. you met with feelings of resentment and discouragement? Anger or self-conceit? Or hope and joy?
This month, we invite you to write about your battle between despair and hope. How do you manage difficulties in light of your faith in Christ?
- Have recent events challenged how you approach positivity?
- Share bible verses or passages that speak to truths about where our hope comes from.
Since we are a family of child advocates, consider sharing your insights from the perspective of Compassion’s ministry and adding a link for child sponsorship.