There are many powerful words in the bible. However, there are three, together, which are the foundation of truth – Love, Hope and Faith. Let’s take a look at each one of these individually and then we will see how they fit together.
Love is what we are commanded to do.
37Jesus replied: ” ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38This is the first and greatest commandment. 39And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
God says “Love me with every fiber of your being, every hair, every cell… everything – inside and out. And love everyone as you are loved”.
What is Love?
1 John 4:7-21 is an important reminder of what God’s love is to us, and that we are to love others the way he loves us.
1 John 4
God’s Love and Ours
7Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 8Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 10This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.
13We know that we live in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. 14And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. 15If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in him and he in God. 16And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.
God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him. 17In this way, love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment, because in this world we are like him. 18There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
19We love because he first loved us. 20If anyone says, “I love God,” yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen. 21And he has given us this command: Whoever loves God must also love his brother.
Because God is love; if we have God, we automatically have love. Sometimes it may be hard to see, but it is there, because if we don’t have love we don’t know God. Can you hate and know God? NO WAY! Only satan reflects hate. God is love, love is God – the two are inseparable because they are the same.
1 Corinthians 13:4-8
4Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
8Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.
Love is patient, kind, meek, humble, forgiving, protecting, trusting, persistent and everlasting. Love is pretty awesome, huh? Now look at verse 7 in particular.
7It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love always hopes. Why? What is Hope anyway? Hope is to cherish a desire with anticipation. Hope is to look forward to something. The dictionary says Hope is “to desire with expectation of obtainment”
Notice here what it says in Romans 8:24-25
24For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has? 25But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.
If you already have something you wouldn’t want it. So we hope for something we don’t have yet and because we know it is something worth waiting for, we wait patiently. It’s kind of like waiting for Christmas day, but more awesome! You know there is something special waiting there just for you. You don’t know what it is, but you know it’s going to be something cool! You can’t wait to see what it is, but you do because you know it’s going to be worth the wait.
That is the way of the promise of God. He promises that if we accept His Son as our Savior, if we acknowledge his sacrifice for us that we will have everlasting life! We don’t have it yet, we can’t see it but we wait for it patiently because we know when we get there it’s going to be awesome!
And how do we know this? Because we have Faith.
And what is Faith? Faith is something that is believed with strong conviction. Faith is total trust. And let me tell you I love my dictionary! Look at its definition of faith “belief and trust in and loyalty to God”
The story of Bartimaeus is a good example of faith. He was blind and he asked Jesus to make him see. Because he believed Jesus could heal him, he was able to see again. Because he had so much Faith he was healed!
Blind Bartimaeus Receives His Sight
46Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (that is, the Son of Timaeus), was sitting by the roadside begging. 47When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”
48Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”
49Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” So they called to the blind man, “Cheer up! On your feet! He’s calling you.” 50Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus.
51“What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him.
The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.”
52“Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.
Here is another story of how faith works.
The Healing of a Boy With a Demon
14When they came to the crowd, a man approached Jesus and knelt before him. 15“Lord, have mercy on my son,” he said. “He has seizures and is suffering greatly. He often falls into the fire or into the water. 16I brought him to your disciples, but they could not heal him.”
17“O unbelieving and perverse generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy here to me.” 18Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of the boy, and he was healed from that moment.
19Then the disciples came to Jesus in private and asked, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?”
20He replied, “Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”
The disciples could not heal the boy because they did not believe they could. Remember, Faith is all about believing and trusting. If you believe, it will be so.
I was asked to do a study on Hope, but it came to me as I was writing about Hope that you can not have hope without Faith. For Faith is to believe and trust in God. To believe He is more powerful than anything or anyone, to believe He can heal, to believe He can move mountains if you ask him to. And if you believe and trust in God that much then you know love, for God is love. Faith is to believe that God Loves you so much that he has given you Hope of a future.
Love, Hope, Faith – if you have one you have them all, they are inseparable.