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The Word Hope


What Is the Meaning of the Word "Hope?"?


George Orwell once noted the decline of language. He said, “A man may take to drink because he feels himself to be a failure, and then fail all the more completely because he drinks. It is rather the same thing that is happening to the English language. It becomes ugly and inaccurate because our thoughts are foolish, but the slovenliness of our language makes it easier for us to have foolish thoughts.”


In Orwell’s book,1984, the masses are fed redefining slogans such as “War Is Peace,” “Freedom Is Slavery,” and “Ignorance Is Strength.”


The battle over cultures is often in the defining and redefining of words. Language has often been used to lower horizons and keep people from really thinking. We hear a lot about hope these days, from the “audacity of hope” to “hoping against hope.” Unfortunately, the word has been redefined – shrunken, in fact – by bad definitions. Hope has been reduced to a naïve optimism that things will get better. We hope for a changed situation, a new job, a better love, hitting the lottery, or winning a championship.


But real hope – Biblical hope – isn’t hope for; it’s hope in: Hope in Christ – what He did for us on the Cross; and what He will do for us when He comes again and sets up His kingdom. A hope for is never better than wishful thinking. Hope in Christ is an expectation based on the certainty of who Jesus is and what He accomplished.


For us, true, Biblical hope – hope in Christ rather than a hope for an improved situation – empowers us to keep on keeping on in the myriad battles to which the Lord calls us. (Excerpted from “Rescuing Hope” by John Stonestreet, But real hope – Biblical hope – isn’t hope for; it’s hope in: Hope in Christ – what He did for us on the Cross; and what He will do for us when He comes again and sets up His kingdom. A hope for is never better than wishful thinking. Hope in Christ is an expectation based on the certainty of who Jesus is and what He accomplished. www.breakpoint.org June 21, 2012)




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