Keep Hoping! Sun 15th July

I woke up on Thursday morning with my mind on one thing. That’s right, it was the morning after England had crashed out of the World Cup Semi Finals. Like so many football fans up and down the nation, I had written England off before the tournament began. Yet, as the games progressed and the draw opened up, I along with others had dared to dream!

Whether you are a football fan or not, the truth remains that we all have hopes and dreams. There are things that we all long to see happen, not only in our lives, but in the lives of our families, friends and loved ones. However, so often we find ourselves struggling to believe that we will ever see that which we long and pray for fulfilled. The New Testament writers have much to say about these tensions. The Apostle Paul in particular, reveals how God uses tough times in order to accomplish great things in us. In writing to the church in Rome he assures his friends in the church;

We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation.And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love. (Romans 5:3-6)

I encourage you therefore, not to lose heart, but to continue to look to Jesus in order that He will work in us and through us for His glory.

Every blessing, Gareth

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