Christian Love Hopes All Things
If love believes all things (the subject of our prior posting) then most certainly love hopes all good things as well. Hope is the belief in things not yet seen or fully experienced. We live in a world where we have seen and experience many good things, and as a result, we can hope for these good things in the future as well.
However, there are spiritual things that are not often seen or experience in this world. Most of the things in the kingdom of heaven are outside our normal perception on earth.
For example, how many of us can say that we have seen angels or have talked with God face to face as Moses did?
Despite the fact that these types of events are not as frequents as we would like them to be, we have hope that they will be manifest in our lives and in the lives of our loved ones as well. Our hope is that these things will be bestowed upon those who earnestly seek them in love.
I am sure that Jesus had hope for His disciples and all who would follow them because of their testimony. Jesus hoped for the unity of all of His disciples in His Holy Spirit. Jesus hoped that all would receive the glory that He received and that they would be kept from the evil one.
All of this hope is presented in the following prayer of Jesus:
I have manifested Your name to the men whom You have given Me out of the world. They were Yours, You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word. Now they have known that all things which You have given Me are from You. For I have given to them the words which You have given Me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came forth from You; and they have believed that You sent Me. I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours. And all Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine, and I am glorified in them. Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are. While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your name. Those whom You gave Me I have kept; and none of them is lost except the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled. But now I come to You, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves. I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth. As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth. I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me. Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world. O righteous Father! The world has not known You, but I have known You; and these have known that You sent Me. And I have declared to them Your name, and will declare it, that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them. (John 17:6 – 26)
Jesus prayed for what we all hope for, that we may be one with Jesus, one within the Father, and that the world may know that the Father send Jesus to be the Savior of the world. The answer to this prayer is the love that we all hope for, the love that will provide all good things forever.
We have presented a number of posting that address the principles of Christian Love. Each of them is reinforced by examples taken from the life and words of Jesus. The following list of hyperlinks is provided to help those interested in reading these other postings. Clicking on any of the links below will transfer you to the posting of your choice: