Friday, May 06, 2011

Daily Thought: Expectant Hope

"There are, indeed, various degrees of hope; but in the least degree of it there is desire combined with expectation.  Things expected are not always desirable, nor are things desirable always to be expected: but hope embraces promises that are desirable and also expects the enjoyment of them.  Hence, hope, like faith and love, may grow exceedingly.  When based on the promises of God, and on the habitual patient conformity to his will, it will keep pace with our growing intelligence of the character of God; of the fulness and richness of the promises, and in the persuasion of our actual devotion to the manifestations of that will." ~ Alexander Campbell, The Christian System, pp. 51-52

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