"And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us."
Romans 5:3-5 (NKJV)
God never promised us that life would be easy. He never promised that we'd be successful, either.
But Christ did promise us over and over again that He'd be with us for the long haul. For all the ups that life tosses us. All the downs, too. Especially the downs. Double especially when there seems to be a whole lot more of the down than up.
How many times in the Bible does God the Son promise us that, regardless of how badly we're getting kicked in the teeth in life, He's there... ready to sustain us.
In ministry to those considering abortion, we hear a lot of stories that would break your heart. There are a lot of women and men who make choices we would never make, and then end up in some pretty tough spots. Many of them are ashamed because they "knew better", or they're scared of what happens when they confess the pregnancy to those around them.
How do we inspire hope in these kinds of circumstances?
Miriam-Webster offers this as a possible definition of hope: "to expect with confidence : trust."
As Christians, we define hope this way: "Christ."
Christ lovingly died for us and, in so doing, cemented our future. His victory is a bet that we win, every day of the week, if we're just bold enough to trust Him for it.
It's not a far off "maybe". It's a thing we can hold onto today.
That is the joy of Abundant Living.
And to deliver hope to the hopeless... to deliver Christ to them... that is how we can change the discussion about abortion.
Christ alone can take the fear of tomorrow and replace it with an unconquerable, bottomless, untiring joy.
The question is, are we willing to have that talk when its uncomfortable? Are we willing to be His hands and feet to the desperate women and men who have been convinced that abortion is the only option they have?
Are we willing to not just be Pro Life... but Pro Abundant Life?
This week, please join me as I pray:
- For repentance, when we have wrongly hesitated to share the hope of Christ with those who are in desperate need of it.
- For those who feel hopeless or trapped by despair, that their trials would indeed produce perseverance, that their perserverance will indeed refine their character, and that they will lean on God as their sure hope and safe refuge.
- That our eyes would be opened to the God-given opportunities that surround us, and that our hearts would be emboldened to make the most of them with His help.
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