Wishing = Hoping ~ June 14

Wishing = Hoping

Not so!

So that being justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. Titus 3:7

I have always thought hoping for something was the same as wishing for something. Not so!

“Wish” is defined by Webster as: to have a desire for, but Webster defines hope as: to desire with expectation of fulfillment. There is obviously a big difference in hoping for something and wishing for something. Now, granted, we all wish for eternal life, but if we believe in Jesus Christ our Savior, we also expect to spend eternity with Him. That explains the use of the word hope when describing our “plan” to spend eternity with the Lord.

I am encouraged by the knowledge of the word hope I’ve discovered. It gives new meaning and power to not only the word, but the actual act of hoping. I always shied away from the word when I thought it was a wish, or a maybe type thing, but now…. oh, man! I can truly say I have the hope—the expectant desire—of spending forever with God our Savior! I hope you feel the same!


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