Carey Lewis Devotions
Wednesday, April 29th, 2020
Hope: Reveals Its Nature
Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality.
Romans 12:9-12 (NKJV)
Here's a cool thing you should know about hope; It won't be spotted traveling alone. Hope is part of a bigger family of life-giving actions and behaviors. Rarely is one found without the others. We must work to develop this twelve-pack:

1) We walk in truth and cling to what is good. We're practicing what Jesus is preaching.

2) We hate evil and avoid its offshoots. We steer clear of nicely dressed temptations.

3) We love our kin in Christ and let them know. We're affectionate with kind words and deeds.

4) We give preference to other people. We don't allow selfishness to rule us.

5) We are diligent in our assignments. We're watchful, try hard and stay till the end.

6) We are fervent in God's Holy Spirit. We show passion and find nothing boring.

7) We are servants of Christ: no more, no less. We love our Boss and seek no 'higher' role.

8) We are joyful because of our great Hope. We radiate joy to those around us.

9) We are patient in the midst of trials. We trust God and wait for happy endings.

10) We pray without ceasing no matter what, because prayer is our lifeline to God.

11) We share with kin. We donate and give alms. We know we're stewards of God's property.

12) We open our homes and hearts to others. Hospitality is God's way-- and ours.

## Hope: Reveals Its Nature (Part 18)

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Hope series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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