One of my favorite songs of all time is the hymn known as “In Christ Alone.” The very first line is “In Christ alone my hope is found” – a bold saying given how much I hope for all kinds of things. I hope for healthy kids, I hope for a long life, I hope I get hired, I hope for healthy relationships, I hope I get to my appointment on time, etc.
But what does it mean to say that my hope is in Christ alone? Is it wrong to hope for a certain outcome in any given circumstance? Not really, but the question is what is the root of your hope? What is the root of my hope? If it is something other than Jesus and his resurrection, then there will be trouble.
The type of hope that I want to talk about is the hope that accompanies unforgiveness. Someone has wronged me and so… I hope they feel bad for that. I hope he pays for what he did. I hope they understand my pain. I hope they say sorry.