Just like living things, plants or animals, have characteristics, traits, attributes and features that serves as pointers to the fact that they are alive, a lively hope equally has characteristics, traits, attributes and features that indicates its liveliness. This thought was established in the previous edition, when we tried to contrast between a living thing and a lively hope; we noted that a lively hope shears the very same characteristics of living things. Apostle Peter in his second epistle described the hope we have been into as a lively hope, 1 Peter 1:3 “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead”.
“Hope never abandons you, you abandon it.”
“And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years, And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse, When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment. For she said, if I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole. And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague. And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said, who touched my clothes? And his disciples said unto him, Thou seest the multitude thronging thee, and sayest thou, who touched me? And he looked round about to see her that had done this thing. But the woman fearing and trembling, knowing what was done in her, came and fell down before him, and told him all the truth. And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague.” Mark 5:25-34
To be continued!
©George Ifeanyi April 2017
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