“And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love” (1 Cor. 13:13).
When all is said and done, the message of 1 Corinthians 13 can be reduced to three attributes: faith, hope, love.
Faith in our brothers and sisters in Christ, the ones God gave us to walk this narrow path by our side.
Hope in their future and the finishing work God is doing in their lives.
Love for the body of Christ that never gives up but chooses to believe the best, hope for the best and do the best to help them be better today than they were yesterday.
But lets take these three elements to the next level.
"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen" (Heb. 11:1).
Faith is what enables us to believe that what we merely hope for and what we cannot yet see will one day be reality.
Hope is looking to our future with expectancy and anticipation.
Yet one day faith will fade away as we are finally able to clearly see. And all that we hoped for and anticipated will become reality. And all that is left is love.
Rosilind Jukic is an American girl married to a Bosnian guy who lives in a small village just outside of Zagreb. They have two crazy boys 3 and under who are as opposite as boys can be. When Rosilind isn't writing, she is dreaming up recipes and searching for ways to organize her home better. You can find her at A Little R & R where she writes about missions, marriage and family, toddler activities, and her recipes.