10.07.2009

WFW: Faith Hope and Love



I love how this verse so clearly shows what Faith, Hope, and Love really are. We all now the verse at the end of the famous "love chapter" in 1 Corinthians ... "and these three remain; faith, hope, and love. And the greatest of these is love." But, this verse out of Thessalonians tells us what they are! Faith is work. We work for God because we believe in who He is and we believe in the One He sent. "The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent." John 6:29. Next we are told that our labor is prompted by our love for God. When we become followers of Jesus Christ He comes to dwell in us and fills us with His Spirit. His love for others is now in our hearts. We labor for others because we love Jesus, and we love them! We should work tirelessly until Christ comes for us because we love Him so. Last is Hope. Hope is one of my favorite words of all time. I love hope. Hope gives us endurance. As our pastor says... hope is faith looking forward. We can have excitement and cheerful anticipation because we know what is coming ... eternity with Christ! Hope allows us to endure trials of many kinds. There is the phrase "I can do anything for an hour (week, month, year) because I know what's coming." It's like mothers who endure childbirth because they know they'll hold their precious baby at the end. Or Christians who endure torture because they know they will meet Jesus and He is glorified by their faithfulness. That's Hope. Let us refresh our understanding of faith, hope, and love DAILY! : )

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24 comments:

Deborah Ann said...

What a beautiful word on faith, hope and love. It's honey to my soul.

Have a blessed week!

Pilar said...

Grat picture, great verse and great post!

Lisa said...

Lovely picture, verse, and thoughts today. May we all have faith, labor, and hope in the Lord.

Susan said...

Lauren,

This was just BEAUTIFUL!!!

Loved the verse you choose and your thoughts to go with it.

I'll remember this one!

Blessings♥

Joyfull said...

Beautiful picture. Thank you for sharing an encouraging word, may we be refreshed daily in understanding faith, hope and love!

MomE said...

Thank you for reminding of hope faith and love in a peaceful cherry blossom way! Have a great Wednesday!

Alicia said...

I feel like I'm reading a devotion everytime I come here!! You are a blessing, Lauren!!

Alicia, The Snowflake said...

Amen! What a great WFW! May we never cease to put faith, hope and love into action. Thank you for that wonderful reminder today! Happy WFW!

SnoWhite said...

beautifully said.

Franchesca Cox said...

Beautiful post! =)

Cathy said...

Just beautiful, dear Lauen ~
Blessings ~

He & Me + 3 said...

I love how you broke it down so clearly! Beautiful WFW!

Peggy said...

Blessings Lauren...Once more a wonderful walk by faith and great words to live by! Your message was inspiration especially your examples...that WOWed me! Precious verse and graphic! I think this is the first time as I read this verse that faith, hope and love stood out like today! Beautiful! Thanks!

LivingforGod said...

Beautiful and insightful WFW! Thanks for sharing this! Have a blessed day in the Lord, Lauren!

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

In a thousand ways, I've never seen the truth you've been able to glean out of this verse in Thessalonians. Great teaching, Lauren. Faith, love, hope.

Ummmm, ummmm, ummmm! That's southern for "now that's something". Printing this one out...

peace~elaine

Jennifer said...

I loved reading your WFW post! I also love the word HOPE... I love hope!

Chelle said...

Amen girl, amen!!

lisalyn said...

Beautiful picture, verse and thoughts! Thanks for sharing.

Denise said...

Really beautiful.

Laurencita said...

Oh! a beautiful post, thanks for the encouraging verse.

pinkyshelo said...

very nice words and picture.. It is truly a blessing for me..amen

Pia said...

HOPE --- such a beautiful word.

God bless.

Laureen said...

Very well said...Thanks for sharing.

Jean Stockdale said...

Precious picture and insight. God has given you a unique gift to express yourself and capture emotions to stir the soul.

Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. May the Lord bless you and keep you and cause His face to shine upon you. Blessings.