Living Without Hope (I Kings 4-5, Ephesians 2)

“Among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.” Ephesians 2:3

I cannot image the sadness in a person’s heart who hears the words, “There is no hope.”  I think of those who hear this final statement from a doctor.  I think of those who find themselves trapped in catastrophic situations.  I think of those who stand by the bed side of a loved one who has been tragically injured in an accident.

In such moments there are no words to describe the hurt and pain.  This morning I found myself approaching a very familiar passage of scripture.  In this passage we see both the plight in life of those living without hope and those who live with hope.

In Ephesians 2:1-3 we see the plight of those living without hope.

Paul identifies these people in the following ways: They are spiritually dead, they are sinfully directed, and they are certainly depraved.  These words apply to everyone who enters this world including you and I.

In Ephesians 2:4-10 we see the plight of those living with hope.

This hope is founded on the mercy and grace of God.  Because of His mercy and grace, sinners are raised to life, given a home in heaven, and given assurance of His return for them.

Think it through:

1.  How does a person move from the living with no hope to living with hope?  One answer, “The mercy of God.”

2.  How does a person respond to this mercy?  He or she seeks to live according to God’s design (Ephesians 2:10)

3. How does a person, who is living with hope, reach out to those who are living without hope? He or she must reach out with a heart filled with heaven’s mercy and grace.


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