So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:13
It has been my experience that Christians put a lot of emphasis on faith and not always in a good way. Faith is important in fact without faith we would not make the leap from unbelief to belief. As I have been reminded in some conversations with unbelievers, the evidence for God and all that Christians believe is not conclusive. What I mean is that God does not tap us on the shoulder and say here I am believe in me. No the evidence while I feel it is compelling, does require faith. Where we go wrong about faith is when we question the faith of others. Such as, “God does not heal you because you do not have ENOUGH FAITH.” But who are we to say how much is enough faith. Did Paul not have enough faith when God refused to remove the thorn in his side? Sometime we make faith a litmus tests with us as the deciders. It is our faith that brings us to a relationship with God.
Then there is hope. Not hope as in wish but hope as in looking forward to a promised reward, in our case eternal existence with God. It is this hope that moves us forward in our service to God. Yet sometimes we Christians try to take away the hope of others. We tell them that they do not have enough good works or no good works with us once again doing the accounting. We tell other that is they continue to sin they will no longer get to heaven all the while forgetting our own continued sins. But it is this hope that once we belong to Christ we are His for all eternity that is our great gift from God.
Faith and hope are both extremely important to the Christian life. Love however outshines both of them. As Paul writes love is the greatest of the three. Why? It was God’s love that created us and the universe around us. Before there was a need for faith and hope there was love. It was God’s love that made a way for sinful humans to be reconciled through Christ. It was because of love that Jesus allowed Himself to be hung on a cross and it was love that resurrected Jesus. And after this earth is gone love will still be there.
Tomorrow I wee get back to Jesus in the Old Testament and Psalm 22 but I hope that these past few days looking at 1 Corinthians 13 has blessed you and maybe made you think about how we show the love of Christ to others.
Have a blessed day,