It’s said that born optimists are those people who can put the greatest spin on the worst possible situation.
Most of us, though, have to dig pretty deep in the dumpster of troubles to find just one good morsel beneath the piles of the putrefaction. Born optimists, on the other hand, unconsciously see every one of life’s dumpster dives as a free lunch.
The good news is in Christ you can learn optimism–not empty, sentimental optimism, but real, objective confidence for all of life.
That’s because at Calvary, Christ turned pessimism on its head and made it into optimism for us.
“Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” (Romans 5:1–5, ESV)
“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” (Romans 8:37, ESV)
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