But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love. (1 Corinthians 13:13)
Faith, hope, and love. Why is love the greatest of the three? It restores. It’s active. It is relationship. God sets it apart because it so completely demonstrates His character. We will abide in all three—faith, hope, and love. We don’t have to choose among them. They don’t contradict each other. They work together. They complement each other. It’s as if they are three cords woven together…but love is the cord that is set apart among them, part of them but superior at the same time.
God creates us for relationship, and love is central to our relationship with God as well as to each other. God responded with love for us. For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. (John 3:16-17)
God actively and unconditionally loves us and made a way—through love—to be reconciled to Him. When love is primary, we have faith because of God’s love for us. Love is the foundation of our faith. And faith gives us hope.
God’s love is amazing. We don’t deserve His love. We can’t earn His love. Yet we receive it anyway. Love is a fruit of faith and shows our authenticity of faith, which equips us to serve. Love is now as well as in the future. It looks outward toward others. It includes self-sacrifice for God. Love is extensive. It is God’s. And He gives it to us.
Dear God, thank You for Your love. And Your faith and hope. You are amazing in Your love. I cannot fathom the full reach of Your love, but I know You intend to give it to me abundantly with the intention for Me to live it out. I trust You to use me. I yield myself to You. I love you, and I praise You for Your love, faith, and hope.