While we are in the process of fasting negativity, it is likely that it may have raised a few conversations. Optimistic people can often be said to look at the world with 'rose coloured' glasses. This is another way of saying that these people have an unrealistic perspective on reality, or that their head is 'in the clouds.'

However, Romans 15:4 states,

 'For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.'

Hope is not some ungrounded emotion that blinds us to the reality of life's circumstances. Hope is the result of believing scripture. It is rooted in the reality of a good God who loves us and was so desperate to get us back that he opened wide his arms on that Cross to prove it. Christians that have a positive outlook, believers that are optimistic about their circumstances or about the future do not wear 'rose tinted' glasses; they were 'blood drenched' glasses. They see life through the finished work of the Cross which necessarily goes through the resurrection by which the same power that raised Jesus from the dead is alive and at work in us (Romans 8:11). Jesus' blood has paid for everything and the victory is already his. Believing anything else is to undermine both the Cross and the resurrection.

Every believer is called to be a person of hope. It is not simply an option for the optimistic. It is the requirement for the children of the ever-loving Father.

What colour are your glasses?

'May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.' - Romans 15:13, ESV

Blessing and increase,

Jim

 

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