Is there any real encouragement, any help, any hope for me/us in this life? With the world around us growing more selfish and carnal all the time, those who want to live a godly life in Christ Jesus being persecuted, and evil men and impostors going from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived, what makes us think that there is any good news?
In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, 13 while evil men and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. 14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, 15 and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work (2 Tim 3:12–17 NIV).
The encouragement we have comes from the Scriptures that teach us about the God who gives encouragement (Rom 15:4-5). The Scriptures about Jesus Christ are what bring us to faith in Him (John 17:20; Gal 3:26-27; Col 2:12) and be united with Christ, in order that we might find freedom from sin and life in His name (Rom 6:5–7).
There is encouragement, help, and hope available; this is the Good News!
We can have the encouragement that comes from help and hope, right now, from being united with Christ (Php 2:1)!
God in heaven, help us in our desire to find Christ, to gain, Father, His help, His hope, and the encouragement that we so desperately need, in order that we might share it with a world that longs for it! In Jesus Name, I pray, Amen!