Posted by: nmontague | August 21, 2010

Hope and love

I’ve been thinking a lot of about hope tonight. What is hope? How do we get hope? Maybe it’s just me but it seems like there are a lot of people who struggle with hope. They don’t have any. Or they have a false hope,  a hope in things that will eventually lead them to despair. Maybe it’s just the people I deal with at work all the time or some of the people I talk to online, but it seems like there are many lost and have no hope in the world.

I was pondering Hope and this scripture came to me:

And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. (Matthew 24:12)

At first, I didn’t really think it had much to do with hope. It seems to apply more to love. Love is lost because iniquity abounds. I have theories about that. Why does love disappear when iniquity abounds?

What are the roots of iniquity? Pride, Selfishness. They create conflict with others and in ourselves. When we are selfish a part of ourselves dies or atleast is severely weakened. That is our capacity to care for others. When we with hold the truth from others, there is a physical influence upon ourselves. Sometimes it’s totally unnoticiable. But it is real or lie detector tests wouldn’t work at all. My theory is that all types of iniquities, lying, cheating, pride, selfishness, etc have a physical as well as emotional, mental, and spiritual effect to us.

I think the biggest thing it does is creates apathy, anger, pain. So we don’t want to feel anything. Because it hurts to much. We can’t come to deal with what we’ve done or what’s been done to us. (Iniquity effects more than just us, it effects those around us too). So our hearts become hardened, as the scriptures say. We aren’t able to love. We can’t feel as much. The fear we have stops us from doing that. Or the Pain. Whatever. We just shut ourselves down because all the feelings get overwhelming both positive and negative.

Now you might be saying what does this have to do with Hope? I asked myself that too initially, but then I realized it has everything to do with it. How do we have real hope? It’s when we feel others love us and that we love them. The two greatest commandments are to Love God with all our heart, mind, might, and strength and to Love our Neighbor as ourselves. If we keep these two commandments, iniquity will cease and love will abound.

It’s kind of a cycle. You make an effort to love others, you create more hope, you have more hope you create more love. What is the best way to cheer someone up and give them hope for the future? It’s to spend time with them. Show you care. Thank them for their efforts in your life. Lift them to a higher place.

Now we might ask, so what if we have no love or no hope, what if no one loves us? How do we get on this cycle? I think that’s where faith comes in. Faith and prayer. Because by exercising faith and communicating with God we can feel His love. It’s difficult not to have hope for the future when you feel the love of God in your life. When you can feel the power and glory that comes with that love, it’s easier to believe and hope. And even to love.

Do you feel hopeless? Serve someone. Just serve someone. I guarentee that if you love them with everything you have, even for a short period of time you’ll be feeling much better afterwards. But make sure you do it for the right reasons. Just to bless them. Not for money, thanks, or even a reciprical response. Sometimes people need alot of love before they warm up and show it back.

Mourn with those that mourn. Comfort those that stand in need of comfort. Clothe the naked. Feed the Hungry. Just do something nice for someone. What do you have to lose? Other than depression and hopelessness.

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Responses

  1. Wow! Another great one. If I may say so, I think this one is the best thus far.I can definitely realte to the majority of the message as well.


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