Wait and Hope
Forgive as the Lord forgave you. – Colossians 3:13
12 Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.
13 Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.
14 Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony.
15 And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.
16 Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts.
17 And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.
The Count of Monte Cristo is an adventure novel by French author Alexandre Dumas. The story takes place in France, Italy, and the Mediterranean islands. It is an adventure story that focuses on timeless themes of hope, justice, vengeance, mercy, and forgiveness.
Edmond Dantes, a merchant sailor, is betrayed by a friend, is wrongfully accused of treason, arrested, and imprisoned without trial in the Château d’If, a grim island fortress off Marseille.
A fellow prisoner, Abbé Faria, befriends him. Over the next eight years, Faria gives Dantes an extensive education in language, culture, mathematics, chemistry, medicine, and science. And tells him the location of a vast treasure on the small island of Monte Cristo. After a near miraculous escape, he is rescued. When he acquires the fortune, he vows revenge.
He changes his name to the mysterious and wealthy Count of Monte Cristo and returns to France to exact his revenge. There are many twists in the plot. He discovers that Albert, the son of his former fiancée Mercedes, is actually his own son. This changes everything and allows him to forgive.
The story ends with one final thought: “Live, then, and be happy, beloved children of my heart, and never forget, that until the day God will deign to reveal the future to man, all human wisdom is contained in these two words, ‘Wait and Hope.’”
Him The Count of Monte Cristo had many justifiable reasons for hatred, resentment, and a desire for revenge because of the wrongs which he suffered. He successfully carried out almost all of his longed-for vengeance. But then suddenly, in a moment he has a change of heart.Rather than the expected words, ‘Wait and get revenge,’ the story ends with the surprising, upbeat words, ‘Wait and Hope.’”
REFLECT & PRAY
Because the Lord Jesus Christ has forgiven us, He has set us free to forgive others.
Father thank you that when we were in hopeless despair and Your enemies, You reconciled us to Yourself, forgiving us at the moment we accepted the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of our sins.
The Father calls His children to provide allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends them. However, it seems that this is just simply not in our human DNA. But to our delight and wonder, we are given a whole new series of spiritual DNA, when we are born again as children of the King. This offers a whole new way of life for us.
Without the supernatural motivation and strength of the Spirit of God we will always fall short. But He has exchanged our stony cold hearts, with warm hearts that are capable of forgiving. We now have the choice to make it so.
31 “The day is coming,” says the LORD, “when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and Judah.
32 This covenant will not be like the one I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand and brought them out of the land of Egypt. They broke that covenant, though I loved them as a husband loves his wife,” says the LORD.
33 “But this is the new covenant I will make with the people of Israel on that day,” says the LORD. “I will put my instructions deep within them, and I will write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.
Ezekiel 11:19 And I will give them singleness of heart and put a new spirit within them. I will take away their stony, stubborn heart and give them a tender, responsive heart,
Proverbs 17:22 A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength and dries up the bones.
There is a strong correlation between spiritual and physical health. Our physical well-being is impacted and altered by our inner life, our heart. A cheerful heart translates two Hebrew words that are rendered “a happy heart” in Proverbs 15:13. A crushed spirit is equivalent to being depressed or saddened. Bitterness and a desire for revenge even affects our bones (Buzzell).