For the first two weeks of February, EmpowerMoments is doing a series entitled Love Is. “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” (1 Corinthians 13:4-7 NIV) We pray that you are EMPOWERED, enlightened, and blessed as our writers share what Love Is based on God’s Word!
Being a self-professed pessimist, I felt it extremely ironic that I was assigned to discuss hopefulness during our series on love. As I was preparing for this article, I quickly ascertained that I would not be able to provide many examples from my own experiences. So, it got me thinking about my own love walk. The Bible clearly states that love is always hopeful. Clearly, I’m lacking some love because I am not always hopeful. If anything, in the name of “being prepared”, I’m always looking for something to go wrong.
But this is not love. God is our best example of hopeful love. And why wouldn’t He be? God is Love. (1 John 4:8)
Long before we were born, Love sent His Son to die for us to save us from sin and death.
God showed how much He loved us by sending His one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through Him. (1 John 4:9 NLT) Full of hope, Love gave us the choice to accept the gift of His dear Son. And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. (Gen 6:5 KJV) Although every inclination of the thoughts of man’s heart was evil and though God gave man the freewill to choose Jesus or not, Love still had hope.
Love even stepped out on hope when He created us. Love filled us with talents and gifts, set us on paths of purpose for our lives, and hoped that we would fulfill those destinies. Each day, Love hopes that we will live our lives in a way that is pleasing to Him.
And how often do we let Him down? Yet, each day we find new mercy and grace from the Lord. The faithful love of the LORD never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning. (Lamentations 3:22, 23 KJV)
Love is always hopeful.
Thinking on this principle, I am challenged to change. The love of God guides my every footstep. God has hopes for my life and wants to bring me to an expected end in Him. (Jeremiah 29:11) Why shouldn’t I be more optimistic? Why shouldn’t I always hope for good things to come my way?
Help me to remember Your example of true love and remain hopeful. Remind me of Your grace and mercy towards me. Help me to stay full of hope in any situation knowing that You are causing all things to work together for my good. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Ladies, today I EMPOWER you to live your lives full of hope! God is causing things to come together in your favor and I challenge you to keep your hope in the Lord! No matter what it looks like, you can keep your hope because God is on your side! I EMPOWER you to walk in a love that is always hopeful!
What expectations do you have in the Lord today?
Tiara Wilkinson serves as the Youth Leader and on the Pastoral Care Team at Christ Worship Center in Riverdale, Illinois. She recently obtained her Masters in Christian Leadership at Liberty University. Tiara will be publishing her first book “Days of Destiny and Purpose” in the spring of 2014. Her favorite passage of the Bible is Psalm 27 which reminds us that the Lord is our strength, so we have no reason to fear anything.