My Only Hope is in God’s Love

Posted on 2007-09-09. Filed under: Prayers, Quotes, Thoughts |

Oh God, I’m so sorry. I’m so so sorry. I plead for Your forgiveness. I plead for Your mercy. Against You, You only, have I sinned and done what is evil in Your sight. My spirit is broken. My heart is broken. I offer them as sacrifices to You.

1 Cor 13:13
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

Love is greater than faith. Love is greater than hope. God wants me to exhibit more love in my life.

The wonderful thing is that I don’t have to “find” love for other people. God has poured his love into my heart.

Romans 5:5
And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.

I just need to display it – to exhibit it. One of the ways I can do that is by being more gentle with people.

Philippians 4:5
Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.

That doesn’t mean that I won’t let them know how I feel or what I think but I can try to let them know that in as gentle a way as I can. It may not be the gentlest way possible but it could be the gentlest way *I* could do it. I can try harder to be honest and gentle at the same time.

It’s so wonderful that He not only gives us the love that we need. He also gives us the hope that we need.

Jeremiah 29:11
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

And then He tells us to place that hope in Him.

Psalm 42:11
Why are you downcast, O my soul?
Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
for I will yet praise him,
my Savior and my God.

Such simple concepts with such amazing implications!

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Oh God! Please show me the hope that you have given me. Please show me the love that Your Holy Spirit has poured into my heart. Help me to live by hope, faith and love. Show me how to treat others in love. Cast out the fear in my heart with Your love – Your perfect love. Grant me Your peace to guard my heart and mind in Christ Jesus. Direct my soul to find rest in You alone for my salvation comes from You. You alone are my rock and my salvation; You are my fortress. My salvation and honor depend on You; you are my mighty rock, my refuge. I will trust You at all times. I will pour out my heart to You for You are my refuge.

Father, have mercy on me according to Your unfailing love and Your great compassion. Blot out my transgressions and wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones You have crushed rejoice. Hide Your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquity. Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from Your presence or take Your Holy Spirit from me.

Restore to me the joy of Your salvation and grant me a willing spirit to sustain me. Save me from bloodguilt, O God, and my tongue will sing of Your righteousness. Open my lips and my mouth will declare Your praise.

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I read the following passage this morning in Hiding from Love.

We need to help ourselves and others learn vulnerability about our defects, with an eye toward taking responsibility for our healing…. God’s heart is fixed on repairing the hidden, broken parts of our souls. The redemption of Christ’s death for us is not just a philosophical treatise on our attachment to God. It is also a process, continuing daily in us. God wants to “make up to you the years that the swarming locus has eaten” (Joel 2:25). In other words, His plan of redemption for us is to finish our process of growing up, especially in those areas for which there has been little opportunity for growth.

What this means for us as Christians is that God is a God of replacement. He wants us to have a life of more than “coping” or “surviving.” He actually intends for us to regain what has been lost.

For those who have been hurt in the area of attachments, He wants to provide safe, loving relationships in which we can learn how to trust. For those with deficiencies in separateness, He want to help us learn how to repair our injured “no muscle.” For those who keep goodness and badness split apart, He wants to help us find places of forgiveness for ourselves and others and a realistic understanding of a fallen world. For those who struggle with “one-down” positions, God wants to expose us to opportunities to become adults.

We are not able to change the past in which we were injured, but we can reach into the past to find and repair those frozen parts of our character.

Praise God!! He is not the God of a Second Chance. He is the God of Another Chance!

Thank you Father! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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very beautiful prayer.


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