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Friday, July 8, 2011

Peace Like a River Part III

Please read Parts I & II of “Peace Like a River.”

Secondly, there is peace in hope. In Acts 2:26 Peter speaks of this hope, “Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad; moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope.” Hope is the forward motion, the driving current in the river of peace.

Romans 5:1-4 relates to us,

“Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ; By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; and patience, experience; and experience, hope.”

Our hope in Christ enables us to move forward and live our lives in peace, no matter the circumstances. By this relationship we have peace and hope and the continued assurance of God's love and care for us. Romans 5:5 speaks of this hope, “And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given to us.” Where does your hope lie? Is it in Christ, or does it hinge on unpredictable conditions or undependable human beings?

Patti

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