Faith sees beyond space and time and knows that everything is already as it should be. Hope dwells with the expectation of seeing in the physical reality what faith sees in the spiritual. And love is the eternal dimension that remains forever.
“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” (1 Corinthians 13:13)
Faith, Hope, Love – the source
Faith, hope, and love are not just durable and precious virtues or character. They are eternal, transcendent, powerful driving forces in human life. Moreover, for believers, they are inextricably linked to Christ as their source and personified image.
It is Christ Who has initiated and perfected our faith in God. Christ is and remains our Hope that one day everything will come perfect order and life will devour death. He is our Hope when all other hopes are have faded away.
Christ is the source and the engine of the divine, unconditional love. In Him we understand that God has loved us. By faith in Him we gain access to this love, and through His power we learn to live as fully beloved and accepted. Through Him we become capable of giving love, and we learn to love our neighbor in action and in reality.
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Faith – an attitude of the heart
Faith is always the starting point. The Bible says that without faith no one can come to God be able to please Him. Faith acknowledges that there is God, and that He rewards those who seek Him. This is an attitude of seeking Him in all the small and big things in life.
Faith is capable of seeing God. Faith is trust in an omnipotent, wise, holy, and loving God. It is a choice to trust God’s love and wisdom. Faith is an acknowledgement of one’s own limitation and inability, the need for forgiveness, redemption and healing. Faith gives us complete assurance and certainty that God is with us on our side and works to redeem our pains and bring good and blessing in our lives.
The cross has not accidentally become a symbol of faith. He points to Christ and symbolizes the life of faith in which we live by God’s power and do what is good and acceptable to God.
Let us hear the voice of faith. She always says: “God has already solved the problem and things have already worked out (even before they do in actual experience). He has already provided everything for me and my life here on this earth as well as for eternity. I have God’s provision for every single day of my life.”
FAITH SEES, HOPE EXPECTS,
LOVE REMAINS FOREVER
Hope – the anchor for the soul
Faith can not function properly without its sister – the hope. Faith alone is not enough. We must add the expectation of good, and the confidence that we will experience the goodness of God in our lives. It is not accidental that hope is likened in the Bible to a firm and secure anchor for the soul that penetrates behind the curtain, into the invisible and eternal. (Hebrews 6:19).
The basis and the guarantee of our hope is God Himself, who is not changing. We can have full hope regarding all God’s words and promises. His intentions and words are immutable and permanent. No matter how our feelings and circumstances change, God’s Word stands unshakable. “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.” (Matthew 24:35)
Here’s how the voice of hope sounds: “I know things will work out, I just do not know how and when. The question about How and When I leave to God. I am convinced everything will have a good end. I can trust God and His love for me. Everything that happens to me, the worst and the most painful, is not in vain, but God will make it work for my good. “
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Love – the greatest of all
Why is love the greatest of all? The answer is that when faith and hope fail and fall away, love remains. We need faith and hope on this earth. But we will not need them in eternity. At the time of the complete restoration, when God will make everything new and eliminate death and suffering, we will face Him face-to-face.
We will not need faith because we will see things as they are. We will not need hope, because everything is already done. But God’s love, as well as our love for Him and for all people who we carry in our hearts, remain forever. Love remains with us in eternity. It is the meaning and the center of everything.
Here is what love says: “Even if things don’t work out (in actual experience), nothing can separate me from the love God has for me. And nothing can change the love I have for Him.”
What do you think of the connection between faith, hope and love? In what ways have you increased your faith, hope and love? You are welcome to share and comment!