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Paul says in his first letter to the Corinthians (13:7) that love "hopeth all things" (KJV) or as the Amplified version has it, "Love's hopes are fadeless under all circumstances." This is another wiredrawn distinction about love that deserves some finer focus.

Circumstances are not arbitrary and life is not without direction. Jesus says in the book of Revelation (many times) that He is the "Alpha and Omega" (1:8,11; 21:6; 22:13). This means, among other things, that He is the one who created us and that He is the one whom we are living towards, whether we know it or not. God is the one "with whom we have to do" (Hebrews 4:13). Paul says to do "all in the name of the Lord Jesus" (Colossians 3:17). Jesus says it's how it already is anyway: "Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me." (Matthew 25:40). He's the "first and the last" (Revelation 1:11). And as He also "is love" (1 John 4:8), then we must realize part of love means striving to maintain our hope under miserable and even dire circumstances. I should like to point out that, just because you might be experiencing a hard time or hardship, doesn't mean God is angry with you and He certainly didn't cause the difficulty to arise. God does have something for you to learn during your trials though, I guarantee it. And this is where "love's hopes" come in. This fact—that life is wrapped up in Jesus—is what gives us hope. Circumstances are transitory, they come and go. The love of God  makes it possible to not just endure and "hope" things will get better, but to live in such a way that you see—really see—that "all things work together for good to them that love God" (Romans 8:28). And as we love and live in God, we will see things turn out for the better. And when you learn that lesson, whatever it may be (it's yours from then on), from your difficult circumstances, you'll see your sufferings weren't in vain. This is hope, God's way.


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