The Three Sisters – Faith, Hope and Love

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 in perfect order and life will devour death. He is our Hope when all other hopes have faded away.

Christ is the source and the engine of 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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The 3 Sisters - Faith, Hope and Love

Faith – an Attitude of the Heart

Faith is always the starting point. The Bible says that without faith no one can come to God and 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 acknowledgment of one’s own limitations 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 blessings into 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.”

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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Faith Sees, Hope Expects, Love Remains

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.”

More Encouragement for You

If you need more resources and encouragement to help you strengthen your faith, hope, and love, I can highly recommend these books. Check them out.

How to Find the Courage and Strength Your Heart Craves by Hadassah Treu

Trusting God in All the Things: 90 Devotions for Finding Peace in Your Every Day by Karen Ehman and Ruth Schwenk

Make Up Your Mind: Unlock Your Thoughts, Transform Your Life by Denise Dubois Pass and Michelle Nietert

Restoration Year – a 365 Days Devotional by John Eldredge

All Things New by John Eldredge

Hope for the Hard Days by Sarah Geringer

Life Changing Stories by Mary Rooney Armand

Faith Talk: Christian Women & The Gospel  by Heather Hart

The Deepest Place: Suffering and the Formation of Hope by Curt Thompson

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14 Replies to “The Three Sisters – Faith, Hope and Love”

  1. I like the way you clearly explained how all three are intertwined. I appreciate the reference to hope as an anchor for the soul. That give me a great visual. Thanks for the post.

  2. I love the idea of faith, hope, and love being sisters. 🙂 Certainly, the Bible has a lot to say about all three. Beautiful analogy! Thanks for linking up at InstaEncouragements!

    1. Thanks a lot, Patsy! Thank you also for providing the possibility to link up my post at InstaEncouragements! A great idea to create a platform to encourage the encouragers!!

  3. Beautiful post! I hadn’t really thought before about how faith, hope and love work together and complement each other. I like the analogy of them being sisters!

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