Virtues of a Christ-Follower – Hope

Bible Study, Virtue

HOPE: 

Hope is a belief that something a person wants will happen.
It is defined as the feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best.
Hope evolves during times of crisis when life is threatened or the future is uncertain.

Biblical meaning

  • Hope is one of the three main elements of Christian character as noted in 1 Corinthians 13:13
  • Hope is joined to faith and love and is opposed to seeing or possessing (Romans 8:24)
  • Hope is an anchor of the Christian faith and it is mentioned as “an anchor for the soul, firm and secure” (Hebrews 6:19)
  • Hope is an essential and fundamental element of the Christian life, so essential indeed, that, like faith and love, it can itself designate the essence of Christianity (1 Peter 3:15; Hebrews 10:23)
  • In hope, the whole glory of the Christian calling is centered (Ephesians 1:18; 4:4)
  • Bible states that unbelievers are without this hope (Ephesians 2:12; 1 Thessalonians 4:13)
  • Christ is the actual object of the believer’s hope because it is in His second coming that the hope of glory will be fulfilled (1 Timothy 1:1; Colossians 1:27; Titus 2:13)
  • It is spoken of as “lively”, i.e., a living hope, a hope not frail and perishable, but having a perennial life (1 Peter 1:3-4)
  • In Romans 5:2 the “hope” spoken of is probably objective, i.e., “the hope set before us,” namely eternal life (compare Romans 12:12)

Bible Stats

Hope – Root Word -tiqvah

  • Ancient Hebrew
  • Phonetic spelling – tik-vaw’

Strong’s #

  •  #08615
  • Hebrew Unicode – תִּקְוָה

Meaning of Root Word

  • cord
  • hope, expectation; hope, ground of hope; things hoped for, outcome
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  • First time the subject of Hope appears in the Bible: Ruth 1:12
  • Last time the subject of Hope appears in the Bible: 1 John 3:3

Key Scripture References

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 
Jeremiah 29:11(NIV)

Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” 
Romans 4:18(NIV)

Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God. 
Psalm 42:11(NIV)

And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
Romans 5:5(NIV)

There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off. 
Proverbs 23:18(NIV)

He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us…
2 Corinthians 1:10 NIV)

Lessons from Bible

Bible Heroes – Noah

Genesis 6-9
We learn the lesson of hope in crisis through the life of Noah and God’s promise of life to those who live in Him and follow His commandments.
When we hear God’s voice and ready to obey Him at all times we will have hope to escape the perilous times.

Lessons of Hope

Luke 15:1–7
The parable of the lost sheep told by Jesus gives hope to the lost.
It shows how much joy there will be in heaven over one lost soul that returns to God.

What God intends to tell us about Hope?

Christ did not come to condemn sinners but for the restoration of the broken and lost relationship with God our creator.
Our hope in Christ is to get ready and be prepared for His return to be reunited with Him in eternity where there is no pain, sorrow, or suffering.
Christian hope is not selfish but it is the hope for the entire humankind so that our loved ones and neighbors are saved as well to be reunited with Christ in everlasting life.

Prayer

Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you for your promise of life through Christ and the hope that we have in Him.
Thank you for the hope to see what you have promised us and for strengthening our fatigued mind to grasp it.
Our hope in Christ is that you are with us at all times and hope to see you when Christ returns in power and glory.
I trust you and dedicate my life to you.
Please come into my life.
I submit at your feet my failed past, fears, and all that I have lost.
My hope is in you that there is a new beginning for me with your presence in my life.
I want to see life with the renewing of my mind and soul to share the hope in Christ to all those around me.
In the name of Jesus Christ,
Amen.

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