5914 optimism

5914 optimism

The ability to face the future with confidence. For believers this is possible because of their knowledge of God.

Optimism resulting from faith

Confidence in God Ps 52:8; Ps 125:1 See also Ps 25:4-5; Ps 56:4; Ps 71:5; Ps 91:2; Na 1:7

Confidence in what God can do 2Co 1:10-11 See also Ps 27:1-3; Jer 17:7; Mic 7:7; Heb 13:6; 1Jn 5:14

Confidence in what God will do in the future 2Co 5:5-8 See also Ac 24:14-15; Gal 5:5; Php 1:3-6

Confidence founded on God’s grace Isa 12:1-2 See also Ezr 10:2; 2Co 3:4-5; Eph 3:12; 2Th 2:16-17; 1Jn 3:21-22

Encouragements to be optimistic

Jn 14:1; Ro 15:13 See also Ps 9:10; Ps 37:3-5; Ps 42:5; Ps 115:9-11; Jn 14:27; Jn 16:33; Ro 12:12; 1Ti 6:17; Heb 4:15; Heb 10:19-23; 1Pe 1:13; 1Jn 2:28

Examples of optimism

In the OT 2Ch 32:8; Pr 12:25; Pr 31:11

The apostle Peter 1Pe 5:10

The apostle Paul 2Co 7:4 See also 1Co 1:8-9; 1Co 4:17; 2Co 1:7; 2Co 2:3; 2Co 8:22; Php 2:22; Col 4:9,12-13; 2Ti 1:12; Phm 21

The apostle John 3Jn 3-5

Misplaced optimism

Trusting in anyone or anything other than God Ps 146:3 See also Jdg 9:26; 1Sa 15:32; Job 6:20; Job 8:12-13; Pr 11:7; Jer 7:4; Jer 9:4; Jer 12:6; Jer 49:4,31; Eze 29:16; Mic 7:5; 2Co 9:4

Presumption Eze 13:6 See also Isa 58:4; Jer 7:9-10; Lk 18:9

See also

1035God, faithfulness
1055God, grace & mercy
5026knowledge
5854experience of God
5916pessimism
8020faith
8105assurance, basis of
8214confidence, basis of
8289joy of church
8414encouragement
8820self-confidence
9613hope as confidence

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