In general, most people fit into one of two categories: the hopeless or the hopeful. The question then is how can a hopeful person become a prisoner of hope? Well, I’m so glad you asked.
Hence, the title — To the Prisoner of HOPE. Because some people may not realize they have become just that–a prisoner to their hopes.
Thus, before we go any further, let’s look at some definitions for ‘hope’ and ‘prisoner’ so that we are all on the same page. Hope means to look forward to something with desire and reasonable confidence. A prisoner is a person legally held in prison for the punishment of crimes committed. Also, a prisoner can be a person who feels confined or trapped by a situation or set of circumstances.
Prisoner of hope — literal or mental
No doubt, most people would agree that whether the prison is literal or mental, it can be hard to remain hopeful. Especially when one has hoped and even prayed for a certain outcome but with no change. Not to mention, if a great deal of time has passed, it can be difficult to remain optimistic. Now, that my friends, is a working definition of the phrase ‘prisoner of hope.’ So, to the prisoner of hope, don’t give up.
Hope does not disappoint
Romans 5:3-5 New King James Version says, “3 And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; 4 and perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”
Again, the topic is To the Prisoner of HOPE. Therefore, it is true, some people learn important lessons from their prison [literal or mental] experience. Such as the perseverance and character mentioned in previous scripture.
Always trust God
More than anything, don’t allow yourself to lose faith. Most importantly, continue to trust God because He hears you. And equally important, He cares about what you care about. 1 Peter 5:7 Modern English Version puts it like this, “Cast all your care upon Him, because He cares for you.” Furthermore, Jeremiah 29:11 New International Version says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
If you have found yourself in a prison whether literal or mental, then this episode is for you. Join Lady V and me in our discussion; To the Prisoner of HOPE.
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