“And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love” (I Corinthians 13:13).
It is your responsibility to abide by what abides. The heart of a believer should always be full of faith, hope and love.
What is faith? “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1). This faith began only in God. By faith, He created the world (Hebrews 11:3). Further, it is He who authors and finishes faith in you (Hebrews 12:1). Here, the term ‘finishes the faith’ indicates getting perfected in faith.
A believer will remain closer to Jesus to the extent of his growth in faith. Divine witness will be all around him. The faith which God has authored in you alone could take you till the Most Holy Place. How essential faith is for one to enter heaven!
Possessing faith alone is not enough for you. You should also have a belief. God has placed certain extent of hope in your heart. When you drink water, you believe that it is good enough. When you travel by a bus, you hope that the driver would drive safely. When you go to a saloon, you believe that he shave you with care. At the same time, what is the belief of a believer? Paul, the apostle, writes, “…we…rejoice in hope of the glory of God” (Romans 5:1, 2).
The Scripture says, “…that by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before us. This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil” (Hebrews 6:18, 19).
You have a big hope. It is nothing but that we will meet Jesus Christ. Hope about eternity. The hope that we will dwell with Him in the Heavenly Kingdom forever. Faith and hope alone are not enough. Love is essential (I Corinthians 13:13).
One shall love God with all his heart, soul, and strength. This remains as His first command. Dear children of God, let the divine love be filled in you always.
To meditate: “Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up” (I Corinthians 13:4).