“And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these [is] love.” 1 Corinthians 13:13
When all is said and done, the message of 1 Corinthians 13 can be reduced to three attributes: faith, hope, love.
Faith in our brothers and sisters in Christ, the ones God gave us to walk this narrow path by our side.
Hope in their future and the finishing work God is doing in their lives.
Love for the body of Christ that never gives up, but chooses to believe the best, hope for the best and do the best to help them be better today than they were yesterday.
But lets take these three elements to the next level.
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1
Faith is what enables us to believe that what we merely hope for, and what we cannot yet see, will one day be reality.
Hope is looking to our future with expectancy and anticipation.
Yet, one day faith will fade away as we are finally able to clearly see. And all that we hoped for and anticipated will become reality. And all that is left is love.
God is love.
John reminded us of this over and over in the book 1 John. God is love. It is His character – the very essence of His being. And this is what makes Him so far above what we can fathom, because while God is holy, righteous and just – He is also love. His character is the perfect balance of principle and grace. Holiness and love. Righteousness and love. Justice and love.
If the very essence of God isn’t love then He would never have released His Son to come to earth and die for the sins of those who spit in His face, trampled His law, and prostituted themselves with other gods. What other motivation could there be to sacrifice something so precious as your only child than pure, unadulterated love? And what is amazing is that He uses us – flawed, broken vessels – to communicate that love to mankind. He trusts us with this beautiful gift, to show the world the essence of Himself through the prism of a love we can barely comprehend ourselves. And the best way to communicate it effectively is to become as much like His as a mortal can.
Spend regular time in His presence
Know His Word
Let Him to show you areas where you fall short of His grace
Allow His light to illuminate every part of your being.
Because one day faith and hope will fade away, but love is eternal.
Invest in eternity!
This post is part of the Christian Mommy Blogger February Blogging Challenge
This article was featured at Charisma’s SpiritLed Woman under the title When Faith Fades, Hope Abides
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Rosilind, a Pacific Northwest native, is a missionary living in Croatia and married to her hero. Together they live in the country with their 2 active boys where she enjoys fruity candles and a hot cup of herbal tea on a blustery fall evening. She holds an Associates of Practical Theology and is passionate about discipling and encouraging women. Her passion for writing led her to author a number of books. She is the author of A Little R & R where she encourages women to find contentment in what God created them to be. She can also be found at these other places on a regular basis. You can follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google +.
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