Tuesday, November 16, 2010


Hope (Hebrew: תקוה tiqvah, from the root word "qavah" to wait, look for, hope, expect Greek: ἐλπίς elpis, in the Christian sense: joyful and confident expectation of eternal salvation) is one of the three theological virtues in Christian tradition (Faith, Hope and Love or Charity) which are spiritual gifts of God. In this sense, hope is not a physical emotion but a spiritual grace.

13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. –1 Corinthians 13:13

Hope being a combination of the desire for something and expectation of receiving it, the virtue is hoping for Divine union and thus eternal happiness. Like all virtues, it arises from the will, not the passions.

The Coming of the Lord
remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. –1 Thessalonians 1:3

8 But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation. 9 For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 who died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep we might live with him.
–1 Thessalonians 5:8-10


includes youtube: A Godly Woman: Hope in God, Fearlessness, and Inward Adornment by John Piper

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