Hope and Aging

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Becki McIlwain asked 3 weeks ago

How do we keep our hope, joy and grace as we age? Especially hope….

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Daphne Delay answered 3 weeks ago

I’m getting older myself so I can really relate to this question. Age is really a mindset, not a number, but it’s true that as we get older, there’s a timeline that’s shorter than it used to be. The Bible says hope deferred makes the heart sick (Proverbs 13:12). This means the devil will try to use a "lack of hope" as a weapon against us. But Paul said, "Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us" (Romans 5:5). So the key is in focusing on the LOVE of God that’s already in full measure in our heart. When we do that, the Holy Spirit will make sure our hope is intact (and won’t disappoint)!

Joy and grace are also benefits of the Spirit and directly tied to hope and love. First Corinthians 13:13 says, "And now abide faith, HOPE, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love." Love is the greatest because when we put ourselves in remembrance of God’s love, hope is right there, peace is right there, joy is right there, and grace covers them all!

Hope this helps!

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