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Faith, Hope, and Love

Faith, Hope, and Love

Sometimes, when our mind is busy fighting the distractions that are on our way, we lose focus on the faithfulness of God, who will take care of all the things we need. Peter said, “Cast all your care upon God for He cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7). Submission comes with confidence in the LORD; James said, “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” James 4:7

We can inspire others by how they see us walk by faith; they may improve the aspect of their lives, how Hope added strength to our faith, and the confidence that brings us to a great expectation that God has promised God will fulfill. The gift of salvation comes from God’s grace through faith; faith is our stronghold to secure a firm position to enter the kingdom. We hope for that entrance, and this entire thing will happen because of the Love of God. 

Faith without Hope is insufficient; we need existence to fulfill what we hope for. We can enjoy all our spiritual gifts: wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord, but what good would it bring if we do not have the fruits to share our gladness?

All humans are created equal in God’s eyes and Love. Even though we are not directly made, we are the by-product of His creation, and there is no doubt that the image, which is His shadow, bears witness to that creation. The likeness of God, which is His Spirit, continues to give life, including the fruits of His Spirit. 

How do we know that we have all those Spiritual gifts? How do we share something that we don’t know we have? How can we share the fruit when we do not see it is ready to harvest? How do we know that the fruit we share is acceptable to them.? Who is who to give? Are we going to wait for them to approach us? Or we approach them? We can ask more questions; the only answer is that God will guard our hearts and minds, let us do our part, and God will do the rest. We must remember that the fruit we share will last forever, like when Jesus Christ told the Samaritan woman that the water he would give her would not make her thirsty again.

Who do you think will reject you with fruit that will never get rotten; allow the Spirit to control your thoughts, and your actions will be fruitful and plenty that God will send you the chosen and called to enjoy the fruit of His Spirit, which is Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things, there is no law—Galatians 5:22-23. In 1 Corinthians 13:13, Paul says, “Three things will last forever: faith, Hope, and Love. The greatest of these is Love.”

Faith has its purpose, so Hope and Love are in human lives, and we cannot have faith without Hope and Love, which are within us, and they will bring these two together. Trust in God and hope to acquire a spiritual gift depend on the desire to pursue it, and God saw that in our hearts. God will not deny when we ask, but we need to trust Him, on His time and His ways, and with His Love, there is an assurance we will have it; it may not be on our comfort, though.

Faith will describe what we are and who we are to the Father, and the Father will let us know who he is to us; though God has everything, there is still something He needs from us: faith in His existence. Faith will strengthen and lead us to continue seeking Him, and He will passionately reward us. Hebrews 11:6 and Isaiah state, “Has not my hand made all these things, and so they came into being?” “declares the Lord.” “These are the ones I look on with favor: humble and contrite in Spirit and tremble at my word. Isaiah 66:2 (NIV)

The primary purpose of Hope is to support faith, faith alone without the work of Hope, which is the desire for things to happen, an expectation, and, at times, a bloated feeling with the certainty of things to come. Faith is the belief in something that exists, while Hope is a belief in things to come; therefore, faith leads the way in conjunction with Hope to find Love. Hope to keep our faith flourishing and our joy while patiently waiting. As the saying goes, “At the end of the rainbow, there’s a pot of gold,” we will find the answer to all these certainties at the end of our journey. Faith keeps us together, Hope keeps us moving, and Love keeps us seeking.

The purpose of Love in our lives is to be the center of joy, and we should only focus on the Love given to us. Love has boundaries, and too much of it can turn into possession that can lead to poisoning the mind. On the other hand, Love is an emotion that can inspire us to do good things. Love is a charity where you think of the welfare of others, but most of all, we know that God is Love, and His grace made humanity continue to exist. However, we all sinned and are short of His glory; His Love and mercy endure almost all our lifetimes.

The Father is the only source of faithful Love and wants us to be like Him. “For God so love the world that He sent His only Son our Lord, that whoever believes in him will not perish but have an everlasting life.” What more do we need to prove that the Love of God is immeasurable that even a dot of His great Love we do not have? Though there is a condition to love the Son, the choice remains in us. Paul said that the greatest of all spiritual gifts is Love. There is nothing more straightforward than that. 1 Corinthians 13:13.

Faith means trust and confidence in things we hope for; we are sure of things to come. Though we have not seen it yet, it will surely come. Our Hope strengthens our faith and makes us ponder that Love is all into it. Love is the foundation of the creation of the earth and everything in it. In God’s command, things were made, formed, and created — some things not seen, understood, or not known before are now revealed or unveiled. The beauty of being loved is the assurance that things will surely come; the invisible will be visible to the naked eye.

“Now that we know that we have passed from death to life because we love each other. Anyone who does not love remains in death.” (my emphasis added) 1 John 3:14 (NIV). Meanwhile, John 13:34-35 says, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. “Everyone will know you are my disciples if you love one another.”

Without faith, it is impossible to please God.

ABEL— Because of his faith, he made a better sacrifice than his brother Cain, and God saw his righteousness and accepted his offering.

ENOCH— Because of his faith, he pleased God, and God did not let him experience death and brought him to the eternal world

NOAH— Through faith, he built an ark that saved his household and continued the purpose of God to humanity. His righteousness made way for humankind to multiply.

ABRAHAM—By faith, Abraham obeyed God to go to a place he had no idea about and later occupied, which became the settlement of his people. Though ignorant of his destination, he followed God’s will.

SARAH— By faith, she gave birth to a child far beyond the age of childbearing. One righteous man started a race with a promise.

Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph’s faith inherited the promised blessing given to Abraham. By faith, Isaac gave Jacob and Esau his gift. It was by faith that Jacob blessed each of Joseph’s sons, Ephraim and Manasseh. By faith, Joseph, in his dying moment, gave confident orders about disposing of his body. All these heroes of faith passed the blessing according to the promise to Abraham’s seed and heirs.

Moses led the exodus from Egypt by faith. He defied the visible king and obeyed the invisible king. Moses kept his people’s firstborn untouched during the Passover. By faith, the people walked through the parting Red Sea, and the Egyptian soldiers who were chasing them drowned.

Rahab— By faith in the true God, she welcomed the Israelites in capturing the city by betraying her people, and by faith and obedience to God’s command, the walls of Jericho collapsed.

Knowing all the stories of the heroes of faith will inspire all the seekers of truth. Religion has never-ending stories like Gideon; from thousands of possible soldiers, he only chose 300 to fight the enemies; it is not the more, the better, but God that delivered him. Barak lost credibility over a woman and is still one of the heroes of faith listed. The list continues: Samson, David, Samuel, the prophets, and the unknown faith heroes in the Book of Life will always be remembered, and God knows who they are. God’s promises are still in effect.

When faith and Hope work together, Love is in it. Love is excellent when you understand the purpose and share it, and you will be glad you did because the return is much more significant. Love. Thank you for your guidance and revelation, oh God our Father, the mighty Son our brother, and the Holy Spirit that unites us. Amen.

Bishop Joseph

Bishop Joseph Vitug, Ph.D. - Bishop Emeritus

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