Sunday, October 25, 2020
Faith, Hope, and Love
Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, labor of love, and patient hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the sight of God and our Father.
- 1 Thessalonians 1:3
Today's devotion comes from our Decade of Dominion: 52 Week Devotional.
Faith, hope, and love—these three words bring comfort, inspiration, and
motivation in ways that no other words can. The apostle Paul thought they were
so important that he not only greeted the Thessalonians with them, but also
taught the Corinthians their intrinsic value: “So now abide faith, hope, and
love, these three. But the greatest of these is love” (1 Corinthians 13:13).
Scripture teaches us that faith comes to us in five ways: the gift of faith (1
Corinthians 12:9), the measure of faith (Romans 12:3), hearing the word of God
(Romans 10:17), the fruit of faith (Galatians 5:22), and the impartation of
faith (2 Timothy 1:5). Faith is indispensable in God’s Kingdom—without it,
it’s impossible to please God. Anyone of these ways will yield more than
enough faith to move whatever mountain may stand in your path. Have faith!
God knows the plans He has for you; plans for a future and a hope, according to
Jeremiah 29:11. Most of the time, people attach a negative, uncertain
connotation to hope: “Well, I sure hope my team wins the game ….” But the
Bible’s picture of hope is much different. Biblical hope is a confident and
favorable expectation of a positive outcome. God is faithful and working on
your behalf, so you can have faith and hope.
Giving exemplifies loving. To love is to give of oneself to another. John 3:16
says, “For God so loved the world that he gave….” Jesus said that everyone
would recognize His disciples by their love. The reason why love is the
greatest of these three virtues is because love is the wellspring from which
faith and hope flow. We are God’s image-bearers, created by love, in love, and
to love God (Deuteronomy 6) and people (Leviticus 19). You have a great
purpose as a believer: to demonstrate love, have faith, and express hope in
the glorious future God has secured for you in the Lord Jesus Christ.
- 1 Thessalonians 1:3
- Galatians 5:22
- 1 Corinthians 12:9
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