Faith, Hope and Love

When you hear “faith, hope and love”, what do you think of? What kind of  picture does it conjure up ?  You probably think of either a wedding ceremony where the passage from 1 Corinthians 13 is read or you think on that discourse of Paul’s on love.  But actually in studying 1 Thessalonans I realise that it means so much more.

Yes, it is a recurring theme throughout this first letter of Paul’s to the Thessalonians.  Here, they seem to be pillars of our trust in God.

FAITH:- in our Lord Jesus Christ and what He has done for us in dying for our sins.  Trusting that He is in control, that He loves us and one day will come back for us to take us to Himself.

HOPE:-  grounds for feeling hopeful about the future.  Optimistic, expectant, confident in the promises God has made to us and that He will bring them to fruition.  A hope  founded on the death and resurrection of Jesus and His coming again, a hope for a better tomorrow because ultimately this world is not our home.

LOVE:- is not defined by my love for others, but by His love for me.  His love which went to the depths for me.  Love vast as the ocean reaching out to me.

Faith, Hope and Love are not mere sentimental words, but practical issues to grapple with, experience and put into practice in the nitty gritty of every day life.  It is about living them out.

Holding on to FAITH in the midst of the trials, remaining HOPEful as we wait patiently for the Lord’s promises to be fulfilled and LOVing others as Christ loved us.

In what situations today do you need to put Faith, Hope and love into practice?

 

“As we pray to our God and Father about you, we think of your faithful work, your loving deeds and the enduring hope you have because of the Lord Jesus Christ.”            (1 Thessalonians 1:3)

 

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