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Hope for a Christian is not found in health or wealth, because both are uncertain. Our hope is based on God's promise that he is working everything out for our good. Our hope is increased by daily growing more and more like Christ. And our hope is tied to heaven and what God is preparing for us there.
Patience can be tough! But by trusting in God's goodness, we can put matters into God's hands when we have to wait; we can restrain our anger when we have to endure suffering; we can maintain our integrity when we're under pressure; and we can keep our composure when people irritate us.
George MacDonald writes, "To be trusted is a greater compliment than to be loved." We establish our good name with God and others based on our loyalty to those relationships. God does not call us to be successful, but to be faithful. A faithful person follows through on commitments made to God, w...
The virtue of gentleness is one we don't usually focus on. It is gentleness that helps us consider our own shortcomings when faced with the failures of others. Gentleness keeps us from raising our voice. It allows people to make mistakes. It makes us sensitive to the needs of others.