Hold on to hope - Catholic Courier

Hold on to hope

Hebrews 10:23-24

offers Christian wives and husbands some great advice on how to best live out our vocation.

The first verse reads, "Let us hold unwaveringly to our confession that gives us hope, for he who made the promise is trustworthy." The advice given here is simple: Hold on to hope.

But how do we do that? How do we hold on to hope in our marriage? The passage reminds us that, "he who made the promise is trustworthy." It encourages us to hold on to the hope and trust we share in the promise of Christ, as we live out the promise we made to each other on our wedding day.

The second verse says, "We must consider how to rouse one another to love and good works." God’s dream for our marriage is that the hope and trust we share in the promise of Christ will inspire us to rouse each other to conform ourselves to the love and life of Christ by being loving and doing good works.

God is calling husbands and wives to consider one another — to look closely at each other. Is there some subtle difference in what we see today, compared to yesterday? Maybe it’s sadness or fear or worry or pain.

And once we’ve truly seen each other, God calls us to think about what we can do to inspire and encourage each other.

How do we do this? How do we "rouse one another to love and good works?"

We encourage each other by holding on to hope. We focus on the trust we share in the promise of Christ, and the promise of our wedding day, and we encourage one another to be more loving, to do more good works, and to conform ourselves to the love and life of Christ.

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