Before I get started I would like to clear something, that is when I say hope and faith, I am not talking about any religion or divine thing. I am talking about trust and believe in yourself. Because if you really want to change yourself or achieve something, then first you do need to have faith in it.
Because without faith there is no hope, and this is not said by me. Martin Luther is the one explained it to world, the relation between faith and hope. In his ‘Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians’ published in 1535, he stated :
“Without hope faith cannot endure. On the other hand, hope without faith is blind rashness and arrogance because it lacks knowledge. Before anything else a Christian must have the insight of faith, so that the intellect may know its directions in the day of trouble and the heart may hope for better things. By faith we begin, by hope we continue.”
Now to explain what he meant, Martin Luther gave few examples.
If hope and faith differ in regard to their sources. Faith originates in the understanding, while hope rises in the will.
If hope and faith differ in regard to their functions. Faith says what is to be done. Faith teaches, describes, directs. Hope exhorts the mind to be strong and courageous.
If hope and faith differ in regard to their objectives. Faith concentrates on the truth. Hope looks to the goodness of God.
If hope and faith differ in sequence. Faith is the beginning of life before tribulation. Hope comes later and is born of tribulation.
If hope and faith differ in regard to their effects. Faith is a judge. It judges errors. Hope is a soldier. It fights against tribulations, the Cross, despondency, despair, and waits for better things to come in the midst of evil.
So by now you would have understood the importance of faith to have a hope. So don’t underestimate yourself. Today maybe you feel like loser, a nobody that no one cares about. But still if you have survived that till now, then you have lot of courage and potential to be successful in life. Use that and I promise you, you will definitely see a new hopes !!!