The success of sanctions often comes from relying on a hopeful view of people’s willingness to change (see editorial on the facing page). But where does this hope come from and how can we support and invigorate hope in people during difficulties? The Apostle Paul prayed for the Roman Christians: “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, New International Version).
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