The definition of insanity.

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The words swirled in my head.

He had repeated to me Albert Einstein’s well-known definition of insanity: “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

The words were harmless, seemed true enough; yet they hurt.

They grated against an already salt-filled wound.

Yet…I couldn’t quite figure out why.

But as I thought more about the words, I realized it strongly conveyed one particular attitude: hopelessness.

Hopelessness.

The very thing that is contrary to everything we know, are, and are promised in Christ.

Hopelessness.

The very thing that was abolished at the cross.

Hopelessness.

The very thing that diminishes the death and resurrection.

Hopelessness.

The very thing that defies His sanctifying work, promises, and truth in my life.

Sure, this definition of insanity may be true in some instances, science, continual choice patterns of sin.

BUT.

In life, for a child of God, there is not only no hopelessness, there is nothing but hope.

Because grace abounded all the more. At the cross.

Through the power of the cross.

There is hope to overcome that sin.

There is hope to do better next time.

There is hope to change.

There is hope in the temptation.

There is hope in the mess.

There is hope that there is purpose in the pain.

And the best part… this hope is grounded in confidence.

Confident knowledge.

It’s not guess-filled hope. It is not hope that wonders. It is not hope that questions.

It is hope grounded in the work of Jesus Christ Himself.

Because of His very death and resurrection, we are hopeful—that is, we know—beyond a shadow of a doubt, the truth of all promises found in Scripture.

It is hope anchored in truth.

Because grace abounded all the more. At the cross.

And.

That grace?

It’s stubborn.

Yep.

That sanctification process. It’s stubborn.

That love. It’s more stubborn than anything you’ll ever know.

More stubborn than that sin.

More stubborn than you think you are.

Remember.

His grace always wins.

There is ALWAYS hope.

“And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.” 2 Corinthians 9:8

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