So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:13
Today our daughter Amy and her finance Jon will be married. There will be a ceremony at their church; they both go to the same church. We will take pictures there and then family and friends will gather for a reception where we will break bread and fellowship together. Jon and Amy will have a first dance together as husband and wife and I will have a dance with Amy as I give up one roll as a father and take on another as a father but to two rather than one.
There will be a toast and then Jon and Amy will go off to begin a new life together. Statistics will place their chances at having a long marriage at something less than 50 percent. But statistics do not include one thing, love, in particular God’s love. God’s love beat the odds. God’s love always wins.
As Christians we talk a lot about faith. In fact sola fide, by faith alone, is one of the cornerstones of the Protestant Reformation. Protestants believe that it is by faith alone that we are saved and not by anything we do such as good works. James tells us that faith without works is a dead faith. But faith without love is no faith at all. For if we do not love God how we can have faith in God. And, if God does not love us then no matter how much faith we have we have nothing.
Hope is another cornerstone of Christian belief. We have a hope in a future God has planned for each of us. The Christian hope is not a wish for something but a knowing that what God has promised will be. Yet without love there is no hope. It is God’s unconditional love for each of us that give us hope. It is our love for God that allows us to believe in what God had promised.
Faith and hope can get us through the most trying ordeals. They strengthen us in times of weakness. They allow us to go forward when we want to stop. But for all hope and faith give us they are nothing without love. God’s love for us and our love for God.
After the wedding and the reception. After the honeymoon and all the gifts are opened. It will be love that maintains Amy and Jon’s marriage. Their love for each other. Our family’s love for them. But most importantly God’s love for Amy and Jon, their love for God and God’s love and blessings on their marriage. The greatest gift they will receive on their wedding day is love.
Have a blessed day,