Hope, Faith and Love

“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”

1 Corinthians 13:13

https://www.bible.com/bible/111/1CO.13.13

Faith, hope and love are attributes of God. It is important to understand how they work together. They are attributes of God because these are from Him. He didn’t create these. These are a part of His divine nature. In other words where you find love, you will find God. The greatest of all the attributes of God is love. God is love. Understanding the depths of love unlocks the depths of God (see Ephesians 3:17-19).

Before delving into the inner workings of these three attributes, let’s look at them individually briefly. Let us start with the greatest, love.

“For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.”

Ephesians 3:14-19

https://www.bible.com/bible/111/EPH.3.14-19

This is an excellent prayer to pray over yourself, I do. We love because He loved us. Understanding the love of God is crucial. He loves you. He doesn’t love you because you are awesome and do everything right. He doesn’t love you because of what you can do for Him or what you do for Him. You can’t earn His love (that is not love). He loves you simply because you are you. You are not paranoid, you are not a mistake. You are not insignificant, you are not a bother. You are not unattractive, you are not unlovable. You matter. You are loved. This is a foundational belief of Christianity that has seemingly been forgotten, yet it is cornerstone. He loves you. Trying to be good enough for love is a flawed concept. It is impossible to be good enough for love because if you are finally good enough for “love” you realize that that “love” is really not love. He loves you.

“Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”

Romans 5:5

https://www.bible.com/bible/114/ROM.5.5

Hope is probably one of the least understood attributes of God. Hope and faith work together. Hope does have two natures. People easily understand the first nature but the second is not understood as much. When you read or hear a scripture verse and it jumps at you in your spirit and you realize that is for you; this is the Word of God. This is revelation hitting you. Hope springs up. When you hear, we are more than conquers through Him who loved us (Romans 8:37), greater is He that is within me than he that is in the world (1 John 4:4) or I can do all things through Christ that strengthens me (Philippians 4:13) hope and faith rise. You begin to see that the Word is talking to you. You begin to have hope that what is inside of you is bigger than the circumstances you are currently in. Hope leads to faith.

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”

Hebrews 11:1,6

https://www.bible.com/bible/114/HEB.11.1,6

When is faith? Faith is now. Hope points toward tomorrow but faith is now. Faith is synonymous with trust. When the Word comes and so does faith and hope. Hope says that is for you, faith says that is me!  If God be for us, who can be against us (Romans 8:31)? That is me. God is for me. So, I put my trust in God by believing that Word that was spoken to my heart. I must trust now. Today is the day, not tomorrow, but today. What do I trust Him for? That Word that was spoken to your heart to become a reality. Right now, it cannot be perceived in the natural, physical realm but your faith is proof it exists.

“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.”

Hebrews 10:23

https://www.bible.com/bible/114/HEB.10.23

“who, contrary to hope, in hope believed, so that he became the father of many nations, according to what was spoken, “So shall your descendants be.””

Romans 4:18

https://www.bible.com/bible/114/ROM.4.18

The latter scripture teaches about Abraham. God spoke a promise to Abraham, an impossible promise. Abraham is considered our example for faith. Hope was also very strong in Abraham. This is the second nature of hope. Hope is the attribute of God that you need after you have prayed and began to trust until you see the reality of what you prayed. Hope is needed when everything around you is screaming that what you believe is false. Notice, I didn’t say when everyone but when everything. You must hope with faith. Hope without faith is just wishing. Hope with faith knows it is just a matter of time before it becomes a reality.

“For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but faith working through love.”

Galatians 5:6

https://www.bible.com/bible/114/GAL.5.6

In this scripture Paul is wrapping up an argument. Christians felt they needed to get circumcised in order to please God. Paul was arguing that circumcision is nothing. It produces nothing for you spiritually. What does avail is faith working through love.

“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.

God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. We love because he first loved us. Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister. This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God.”

1 John 4:7-21

https://www.bible.com/bible/111/1JN.4.7-21

What a beautiful portion of scripture. Faith works through love. We love because He loved us. Love drives out fear. The more I saturate my mind in the thought that I am loved by the creator, I can trust Him. Sometimes our problem with faith is because we simply do not know Him. We think we do, we have an idea of who God is. Knowing God is knowing how good He is. I do not fear tomorrow, because He loves me. I trust in His love. I have not always trusted in His love, but now I do.  What this scripture really nails down, though is  whether or not I know this love He has for me or not. How do I treat others? As His love grows in me, my love for others grows as well. I am thankful that faith doesn’t work through my love, but it works through His love for me. I know what I hope for, I have, because He loves me. Since He loves me, I purpose myself to love others. When I fail at that, I go back to Him to abide in His love.

“As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love.”

John 15:9

https://www.bible.com/bible/114/JHN.15.9

“Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”

Romans 5:5

https://www.bible.com/bible/114/ROM.5.5

These three remain: faith, hope and love. These attributes don’t come over night. We must strive for them and grow in them but nonetheless they are awesome. These were given to us by God to overcome this life and they are meant to work with one another.

 

 

 

 

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