The Color of Hope
Topic: Hope Scripture: 1 Peter 1:13–1:25
What is the color of hope? (1 Peter 1:13-25) When we think about hope in general it is an attractive word that we lean into because it smells like something delicious, something better than what we have or know right now. The Christian hope is alive because of Jesus Christ and it has a “look”. It is anchored in the grace that was awarded us by faith through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. Sins forgiven, debt paid in full. The only thing I bring to the table is my sin. God the Father brings the grace, through Christ, and that is all I need. Peter commands the reader, “Set you hope fully on that grace.” (1 Peter 1:13) Our living hope, anchored in grace, has “colors”. It is to have the color of holiness. God says be holy because I am holy (1 Peter 1:15) and we are to walk before Him in fear. We are strangers here on earth, aliens, pilgrims and understanding our finiteness is imperative to reverent living and holding on to our living hope possible through the precious blood of Christ (1 Peter 17-21). Our hope is to be colored with a sincere and fervent love for one another that comes from the heart. (1 Peter 1:22-25). If we have been changed by the grace of God and His life in us, we will love one another truly. Our hope is to be anchored in grace and colored by holiness, reverence and fervent brotherly love.
- Am I fixing my hope fully on God's grace?
- Am I growing in holiness?
- Am I growing in respect for God?
- Do you really love the brothers?