May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
A young man in a land ruled under atheistic principles felt desperate owing to the suppression practised there. “I was so disappointed and depressed that I began hating society,” He said later. For a long time he sought a way of escape, until he started to read the Bible. There he found the key to ridding himself of his hatred. In God’s light he learned that he himself was also a sinner. Then his anger abated.
Maybe you, similarly, are desperate, or in consternation or enraged through injustice, poverty or suppression. For a long time people have been occupied with these matters without finding a solution. And so it goes on: human rights are ignored, corruption and injustice cause much harm, and frequently bitter poverty and great wealth develop alongside each other. How can peace and rest for the soul be found in such an environment?
That desperate young man read the Bible. There he came across the verse: “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). God’s love alone can open up a pathway of hope for anyone who is dominated by bitterness. Whoever believes in Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, will be freed from it. God grants him eternal life. He thus becomes a “new creation”, a person with entirely new motives and aims and finds in Christ an eternally secure support.
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