We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves. 2 Each of us should please our neighbours for their good, to build them up. 3 For even Christ did not please himself but, as it is written: “The insults of those who insult you have fallen on me.” 4 For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.
The Bible is a great source of hope for us – it reveals God’s plan to renew and restore the world, to make all things new through Christ. That is our hope. But these verses aren’t written to merely give us hope – they’re written to encourage us to be and bring hope to our communities, to those around us. How can you be hope for others today?
Spirit, inspire us so that we might be hope for others in a time when so many seem to have none.