Hope has been a largely overlooked asset in the fight for sanctification.  We tend to focus on the Love and the Faith, but not so much the Hope. The role of hope in the process of sanctification cannot be underestimated.  Consider what scripture says about its many contributions to that process:

Hope produces joy that remains even through the most difficult trials (Prov 10:28, Rom 5:2-3, 12:12, I Thess 4:13).

Hope produces perseverance (Rom 8:24-25)

Hope produces confidence (2 Cor 3:12, Phil 1:20)

Hope produces effective ministry (2 Cor 4:8-18)

Hope produces greater faith and love (Col 1:4-5)

Hope produces consistency (1 Thess 1:3)

Hope produces increased energy and enthusiasm (1 Tim 4:10)

Hope produces stability (Heb 6:19)

Hope produces a more intimate relationship with God (Heb 7:19)

Hope produces personal purity (1 John 3:3)

Since the Bible places such a strong emphasis on the role of hope in spiritual growth, it may benefit us to know more about it.  Stay Tuned!

 

adapted from ‘Introduction to Biblical Counseling’ chapter 11: Instilling Hope In Counselees, by Dr. Wayne Mack
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