Jesus Christ offers hope to everyone, without exception. He offers hope to those feeling hopeless. For those feeling totally alone, depressed, and hopeless, the Bible has a message for you. There is hope for the hopeless.
The Feeling Of Giving Up Hope
Feeling depressed and alone? Feeling, hopeless, depressed, and alone? Hurting, desperate, and ready to give up?
The feeling of hopelessness is terrible. The motivation to do anything is absent. Purpose is gone. Value for anything has vanished.
The Reasons For Feeling Hopeless
There are many reasons people feel hopeless. These range from relationship problems, to change in life, to aging, to loss of loved ones, to loss of opportunities, to drug dependence, to disease and genetics. But the most important sense of hopelessness comes from spiritual emptiness.
God designed us to need Him. We are created in His image. We need to be with Him and like Him. When we are disconnected from God, we are lacking the most important need in our lives.
Attempts to find hope without God lead to addictions that only trap people into lifestyles they end up regretting. This adds to their feeling of hopelessness.
Finding hope In Jesus Christ
If you feel lonely and depressed and are fighting the feeling of hopelessness, you are not alone in how you feel. There are many who are feeling trapped without hope of relief.
But many have found comfort and hope in Jesus Christ. He has delivered them from loneliness and hopelessness. There is hope for you too. Second Corinthians 1:3-4 offers comfort with these words,
“Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.”
God offers exactly what you need. He forgives, He comforts, and He confirms His love to you. Receiving forgiveness is important to feeling good when you have wronged someone. Second Corinthians 2:7 says,
“So that contrariwise ye ought rather to forgive him, and comfort him, lest perhaps such a one should be swallowed up with overmuch sorrow. Wherefore I beseech you that ye would confirm your love toward him.”
God always offers forgiveness. He is always ready to comfort.
Finding Hope for Forgiveness from God
As I mentioned earlier, we are created with a need for God. He is our Creator and Designer. We are designed with a need to be completed with a relationship with our Creator.
Our relationship with God is broken when we sin. There is a sense of guilt and impending doom.
Sin is not just actions. Sin is any thought that is contrary to God’s will. For example, Jesus said in Matthew 5:28,
“But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.”
While Jesus was talking to the Jewish leaders of His day, Matthew 9:4 explains,
“And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts?”
In God’s eyes, thoughts of evil are just as bad as doing evil. Just the thought of wanting to steal, cheat, lie, and hurt someone is as bad as doing it, in God’s eyes.
Sin is an offense to God. It is an offense far greater than any offense we can imagine. As God, He is an infinite being, and sin offends Him to an infinite degree. So then, when we sin, God reacts to an infinite degree and must separate Himself from sin and those who commit sin. He puts, as it were, an infinite distance between Him and the offender. This means that a sinner has no relationship with God. This loss of relationship causes a sense of impending doom, loneliness, and guilt.
We need His forgiveness in order to be restored in fellowship with Him and restored in peace of mind. To resolve the guilt and shame that result from sin, we need His forgiveness.
Fortunately, God is always willing to forgive. First John 1:9 says,
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
Find Hope In God And In His Word
I found life in Jesus Christ, comfort in His Words, and hope in His promises.
Below are Bible verses that talk about the comfort, forgiveness, and compassion of God. Most importantly, there are verses about salvation and strength.
I hope these verses and thoughts will be helpful and comforting to you.
Finding Hope in Comfort From God
Here is a list of seven verses that comfort hurting souls. Meditate on them and ask God to comfort you.
“But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth.” -Psalm 86:15
“Let, I pray thee, thy merciful kindness be for my comfort, according to thy word unto thy servant.” -Psalm 119:76
“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” -Psalm 23:4
“Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace, Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work.” -2 Thessalonians 2:16-17
“For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.” -Romans 15:4
“Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God. For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.” -2 Corinthians 1:3-5
“Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” -1 Peter 1:13
Find Hope and Mercy From God
“Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour.” -Matthew 9:22
“For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee.” -Psalm 86:5
“Be merciful unto me, O Lord: for I cry unto thee daily. Rejoice the soul of thy servant: for unto thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul. For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee. Give ear, O LORD, unto my prayer; and attend to the voice of my supplications. In the day of my trouble I will call upon thee: for thou wilt answer me.” -Psalm 86:3-7
“Withhold not thou thy tender mercies from me, O LORD: let thy lovingkindness and thy truth continually preserve me.” -Psalm 40:11
“Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.” -Psalm 51:1
“Hear me, O LORD; for thy lovingkindness is good: turn unto me according to the multitude of thy tender mercies.” -Psalm 69:16
“I will sing of the mercies of the LORD for ever: with my mouth will I make known thy faithfulness to all generations.” -Psalm 89:1
“Let thy mercies come also unto me, O LORD, even thy salvation, according to thy word.” -Psalm 119:41
“The LORD is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works.” -Psalm 145:9
“It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.” -Lamentations 3:22
“To the Lord our God belong mercies and forgivenesses, though we have rebelled against him.” -Daniel 9:9
“O my God, incline thine ear, and hear; open thine eyes, and behold our desolations, and the city which is called by thy name: for we do not present our supplications before thee for our righteousnesses, but for thy great mercies.” -Daniel 9:18
Find Hope and Salvation from God
“The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” -2 Peter 3:9
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” -John 3:16
“These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.” -1 John 5:13
“Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.” -John 14:1
“And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God.” -John 6:69
“But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they.” -Acts 15:11
“Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting.” -1 Timothy 1:16
“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” -Romans 10:9
“Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference.” -Romans 3:22
“But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.” -Galatians 3:22
“If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.” -2 Timothy 2:13
“For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.” -1 Thessalonians 2:13
“But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.” -John 20:31
“Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.” -Mark 9:23
Find Hope and Strength In God
“There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” -1 Corinthians 10:13
“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” -Ephesians 6:12-13
“Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience. Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.” -James 5:10-11
“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.” -1 Peter 5:8-9
“And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.” -2 Corinthians 12:9-10
“And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.” -2 Timothy 4:18
“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” -Philippians 4:13
Find Hope and Comfort by Sharing With Others
“Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be like minded one toward another according to Christ Jesus.” -Romans 15:5
“Blessed [be] God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.” -2 Corinthians 1:3-4
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National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-8255
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