But now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In His great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.
Therefore, gird your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. (NAS 1977)
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the men of old gained approval. [That is, the Old Testament saints.] By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible.
For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus . . .
Lord, I’m not certain I have the kind of hope I’ve been reading about in this letter. I need Your help to receive genuine hope, so that I will be motivated to focus on You, pursue a godly life and have freedom from the bondage of time.
Right now, I put my faith in Your Word. Lord, I ask You to let hope come to me—and I thank You in advance for answering my prayer. In Jesus’ name, Amen.