I love classic literature. I am nearly obsessed with it. I want to own the book, hold it, read it, and hold it some more; any old printing, any first edition, from classic English literature to early American literature.
I read Dante’s Inferno, part of The Divine Comedy trilogy, in college as a very new believer. It was crazy to read about the nine circles of Hell after accepting Christ and knowing I would never have to face them.
The sense of despair, loneliness, loss, and separation were discouraging. Knowing Christ had died for me and I was now His new creation helped me through those passages. I could leave the fear of Hell behind. One thing that didn’t get left behind as easily was the fear of my past somehow coming back to pull me down.
When Dante wrote about hell he said, we were to “Abandon all Hope.”
When Jesus triumphed over the grave, He said, ” Abandon all Fear.”
We are saved through acceptance of His amazing Grace. We don’t have to fear our past, Christ left it in the grave. We can walk as a Child of God, heads held high, praising God for all He has done and will do in our lives.
And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us (Romans 5:5).
We no longer have to abandon hope as we walk through this life- we are not the victims of our past, we are victors through Christ Jesus with an eternal future (see Hebrews 6:19).
Oh Best Beloved, isn’t it time you abandon something today? Let us hold our head up– let us abandon fear to the grave and embrace the Hope that comes from His resurrection.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit (Romans 15:13).