Mikaela Lodahl 1

HOPE

MIKAELA LODAHL

Hebrews 6:19

We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain.

It is so easy for us to look at other people and judge. Maybe it’s the homeless man who is always asking for money yet carries around a bottle of liquor in a paper bag. Or maybe it’s a bully at your school who acts all arrogant but in reality is being abused at home and is super insecure. We pass judgment on people without knowing what’s really going on in their lives and what God might be doing. Perhaps He wants you to trust that He is working in their lives, even when it doesn’t look like it, and just wants you to be Jesus to them.

When faced with difficult persons, we need to continually put our hope in God. We may not see any change happen right away, but every time you show them love you are planting seeds in their lives. We may not even see a change in the short time that they are in our lives. But perhaps years down the road you may run into them and they will thank you for showing them kindness and love all those years ago. It’s happened to me and I’ve seen it happen with numerous others. We can’t love difficult people on our own, but if we put our hope in God then he will use us to do amazing things in the lives of others.

QUESTION 1. Why is it so hard to love difficult people or people who won’t love you back?
QUESTION 2. Who do you have in your life right now that is hard to love? Identify all of them and make a list.
CHALLENGE: Keep putting your hope in God and in how God works in people, because God can do incredible things in their lives when we least expect it. Go out and love the seemingly unlovable.