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Session 12

Hope Is the Best Gift We Can Give

Read: Romans 15:4,13

What happens when you fill a cup with more water than it can hold? The water quickly rises to the top, overflows, and spills over the side.

The same thing that happens with water in a cup can happen to us when we allow God to fill our life with hope. When we are filled with hope, it overflows, and it spills over into the lives of the people around us.

Romans 15:4 tells us that “everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance taught in the scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.”

God uses the Bible to speak hope in to our life so that we can share it with others. When the promises of God become our focus, hope rises to fill our heart and affect those around us. The very best gift we can give to others who may be lacking hope is to allow what we have been given to overflow into their lives.

Perhaps there is someone you care about who is in a season of lacking hope. They might be ready to give up. If so, don’t let the day end without reaching out to that person with this message of hope. If they can’t find hope of their own, allow them to borrow the hope the Lord has given you. It will be the best gift you can give.


Jesus, thank You for being my source of hope. I pray that the hope you give me would spill out into the lives of others and that I would continually rely on you during the times of my life when I need hope.


Is there anyone you know that needs hope today? Pray for that person, ask God to encourage them and bring them hope and joy. After you pray, reach out with a phone call or a text message of encouragement. What promises do you expect God will fulfill in the future?

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