“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love.”1 Corinthians 13:13
Paul provides us with an answer to yesterday’s question (To reach our destination with Jesus, what must we have?). And it deserves our attention. Faith, hope, and love are essential to the great sojourn we call the Christian faith. For so long in my Christian walk, however, I had little more than a superficial understanding of these great virtues. Perhaps you follow certain people on social media, either because they post helpful advice, promote an interesting product, or make you laugh. They may be your “friends” according to your profile page, but in real life you’ve never met. Early on, this described my relationship to faith, hope, and love. I knew that faith was basic, but I couldn’t have said what it was. I would have dismissed hope as unimportant, let alone essential. Everyone knows love is important. But soon I found my understanding seemed rather shallow compared to the doctrine taught in Scripture.
So did I really know these virtues? Not really. Not intimately. Not down deep in my bones. What about you?
1 Corinthians 13
Christian discipleship is meaningless without faith, hope, and love. The Christian life is more than these, and it also cannot be less.
Bible In A Year
- Numbers 1-2
- Psalm 61
- John 1