What Hope is There?


God’s Wrath Against Sinful Humanity (Romans 1:18-32)

18 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.

21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.

24 Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25 They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.

26 Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. 27 In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.

28 Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. 29 They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, 30 slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; 31 they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy.32 Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.

This was Paul’s description of the Romans, but it could be used to describe our modern day world– no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy. People know the consequences of their actions, but do them anyway, and approve of others who do them too. People have abandoned natural relations, they are filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed, and depravity.

What hope is there for our world? –As much hope as there was for the Romans of Paul’s time, if we are willing to listen, repent, turn from our ways, and acknowledge God. Our hope is the love of God, and His forgiveness and salvation.

We are sinners in need of a Savior! There is only One who is able to save,– Jesus Christ, God’s Son.

Dear God, the book of Romans was written long ago, and the people Paul described, sound like the people of today. Just as the Romans needed You, we need You. Lord, I seek Your presence, Your forgiveness, Your love, and ask that You would fill this world with the knowledge of You. I pray that many hearts would be turned from sin, and that they would repent, and accept Your salvation. I pray for workers for the harvest. In the wonderful name of Jesus. Amen.



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