“Who against hope believed in hope,…And being not weak in faith,….” (Romans 4:18,19).
“And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” (1 Corinthians 13:13). NKJV
One of the things God wants to initiate in every follower or believer is Hope, but this must be in Faith and the channel through which this is communicated to all is Love. The unifying factor of having faith so as to get the Hope of our calling is love. That’s the better interpretation of the scripture above. ‘Greatest’ as used there does not necessarily denote hierarchy, it denotes the most important present factor unifying or tying the three concepts together. All believers must have Faith, whether faith towards God (for receiving things from God)or Faith of the son of God (propelling one to becoming like the Son of God), it subjects all men to Hope. Faith brings us into Hope. So, Hope is substantiated by Faith. Without faith, hope will be non-existent. Hence, all who hope must believe in the hope. Hope is made strong by love. Love establishes a relationship between the one promised and the one who promised. Without love, our faith in hope will gradually dwindle. We see an example in Abraham, who hoped even when all humanly possible hope was lost. What kept Abraham in Hope was love for God which has helped him build a high level of trust over time. Abraham was persuaded beyond all doubts that God is able to do what He promised, so, he believed in God and this was counted unto Him for righteousness.
Our hope must not be built on earthly riches alone wherewith we exercise faith wrongly. Paul says “If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable.” (1 Corinthians 15:19).
Our love for God must supersede cravings for what God can do or give, and must rest on who He is. We must love God beyond the wants and insatiable needs of our heart and trust Him for who He is. God bless you. Have a blessed day.
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