Faith, Hope, and Love
Three Essential Facets of the Christian’s Life
by J.M. Troppello
Faith, hope, and love are the three main things that should encompass your life as a Christian. You can read more about these three essential facets of the Christian’s life in I Corinthians 13. The takeaway from Paul’s description of love is that faith, hope, and love are the things that last and bring fruit in your life. And love is the greatest of those three things.
13 And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love. (I Cor. 13:13, NKJV)
What do faith, hope, and love mean in your own Christian walk?
I love how faith is described in Hebrews 11:1.
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1, NKJV)
I remember hearing in Sunday School that this chapter in Hebrews has been called The Hall of Faith. When you have faith, you hope for things to happen. Those words: the evidence of things not seen are so important. When you have faith, that is your own personal ‘evidence’ of things to come that you are believing for.
For me, I took a step of faith to believe in God’s gift of salvation through His Son, Jesus Christ. I take steps of faith each day to trust that God will guide me and direct my path. I have faith that God will continue to help me navigate the relationships I have with family, friends, and those I encounter daily. I have faith that God will honor my desire to grow and develop as a more emotionally and spiritually mature person.
Hope is so important. If you don’t have hope, it’s hard to keep going each day.
13 Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13, NKJV)
My hope is in the Lord. That’s the true foundation for my hope in Him. My God of hope does fill me with joy and peace as I believe in Him daily for my sustenance – body, soul, and spirit. I am thankful each day that I can abound in hope through the power of the Holy Spirit working in me.
Love is the most important thing in life. God loves the world. He gave His Son, Jesus to die for our sins on the cross. That bridged the gap for us now to have communion with Him when we accept that gift of salvation.
8 And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.” (I Peter 4:8, NKJV)
Again, you should reread I Corinthians chapter 13 to see Paul’s description of love. This verse from I Peter 4:8 says that Christians should have fervent love for one another. Notice how the verse begins with the words above all things. That is inline with what Paul said in I Cor. 13:13 that the greatest of these is love.
I love the note from The Thomas Nelson Study Bible:
“Peter is not suggesting that one Christian’s love atones for another Christian’s sins. Rather, by introducing this proverb from the Old Testament (see: Prov. 10:12), he is reminding us that love does not stir up sins. We can demonstrate our love for our fellow believers by truly forgiving them and not talking openly about their past sins.”
That message resonates with me so much. That was even the topic of conversation recently with me and some family members.
44 But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, (Matthew 5:44, NKJV)
During the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus spoke about loving your enemies. This verse from Matthew 5:44 urges believers to bless others, do good to them, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you.
Believe me, that is so difficult. I can only do that through prayer and asking the Holy Spirit to give me strength. In my own flesh, I will most certainly fail in loving the unlovable. Yet, as I walk in the Spirit, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (see: Phil 4:13)
Do you agree that faith, hope, and love are so important in a Christian’s life?
Article syndicated by Mustard Seed Sentinel on Medium.com.
About the Author
J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.
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