5th February 2019

There is Always Hope

“For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”
2 Corinthians 5:14-17 (NIV)

Winter time can be bleak, the trees are bare, the temperature drops, the rain is cold or there is frost on the ground. There may be snow which looks pretty but it causes chaos on the roads and disruption in the shops and businesses.

Life for some can feel like a permanent winter. The burden of health or money problems can get people down and they get locked into a negative spiral. Some get locked into addiction and substance abuse to try to cope, which causes even more problems. Others suffer mental health issues (a taboo subject for many so they don’t talk about it) which make the problems even worse. When people suffer, it’s easy to feel that there is no hope. When will the winter end? For some people they see no way out so they end their life, which leaves devastation for their families.

As Christians we are called to be Jesus’ presence in the world today, by his dwelling within us. So what did Jesus do? He spent time with those who were in the bleak winter of their lives. He met physical needs by feeding and healing, but more than this, he gave hope. Jesus showed that the physical issues of today are temporary and that there is a bright future tomorrow. We too are called to meet physical needs and give hope. We can’t solve all the world’s problems on our own, but by giving hope and encouragement we can show people that there is more to life and that it is worth them taking the steps to a better future, one at a time. It is encouraging when you meet someone years later and find that the hope and encouragement which seemed insignificant at the time has led them on a journey that has changed their life. Glory to God.

On a spiritual level everyone is in a bleak place, described in Ephesians as being dead in sin. The Gospel is good news—that despite our human failings, Jesus came to save and not condemn. While we were sinners Jesus died for us (Romans 5:8).

Just as winter gives way to springtime and new life, there is always hope, and sometimes people just need a little love and encouragement. There is hope for everyone, no matter what the circumstances.

Prayer
Dear God, thank you for loving us despite our circumstances. Help us to give people your hope and encouragement when they are in the winter of life so that they can look forward to the springtime of new life.
Amen

Study by Gary Glenister

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Gary Glenister is an Elder for the Cardiff & Llanelli congregations of Grace Communion International in South Wales (known locally as Welcome Christian Fellowship). Gary also posts the Day by Day studies on Facebook and Twitter.
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Local Congregation:
Welcome Christian Fellowship – Llanelli
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9 Old Castle Road
Llanelli
SA15 2SL

Meeting Time:
Sunday 5pm

Local Congregational Contact:
Gary Glenister
Phone: 07811-710282
Local congregations website: www.llanelli.church
Email: Llanelli@gracecom.church

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