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Daily Encouragements

BY BENNIE McWHA

December 9

ABCs of Christmas (H) – Romans 5:5

What is your greatest hope?

The “H” of Christmas is Hope. There is a great difference between “wish” and “hope.” When a persons wishes for something to happen he does not have a reason to believe that it will really happen. However, hope involves expectation, confidence, and trust. Genuine hope is based upon promises that have been made.

According to I Corinthians 13:7, Love “believeth all things, hopeth all things . . . .” Children often make long lists of what they want for Christmas. They may write or talk to Santa Claus, and they may wish and wish for certain items. However, their Mom and Dad may decide that they do not really need the things they are wishing for.

Some people treat God the same way. They seem to think that all they have to do is to wish for something and God will make them happy, healthy, and wealthy. There are not any promises in the Bible that justify such wishes.

There are promises in the Bible that God makes to all who trust in Him. It is certainly appropriate to have hope for receiving these things. This hope is based upon God’s love and His promises. “And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us” (Romans 5:5).

You may experience many disappointments in life. You may not receive a lot of your wishes, but God’s Word says, “Now abideth faith, hope, charity [love], these three; but the greatest of these is charity [love](I Corinthians 13:13). Love is the greatest because it is the basis of hope and faith.

This Christmas season, ask God to give you the greatest of all gifts. Ask Him to enable you to experience His love in a greater way than ever before. The more you experience His love, the more you will be able to love Him, and your faith and hope will never weaken or waver. Assurance of God’s love always results in confident hope.