Saturday, May 30, 2009

love's hope

In Paul's description of love in 1 Corinthians 13, we read that "love....always hopes." This love Paul is referring to, is the love that alone gives value to what we do in Jesus. It's a love that has hope for every person because of God's grace in Christ.

It's easy to lose hope for someone. We may be seeing no progress, or them growing worse, and we falter in despair over them. Paul does put faith, hope and love together, as the most important aspect of how we live out our lives in God during this life. A triad that can't be broken.

As we love God, then we're to love others, and as we love them we're to do so with faith in God, hope in God's promises, and a love that acts on that: in prayers, loving words and deeds for others.

This hope that comes from God is one assured of his good promises being fulfilled. And one that in love hopes in faith that all will enter into the joy of this reality beginning in this life, in Christ.

In some small measure we may have lived this out by faith, for others. I hope to grow in this, so that this is a characteristic that marks my life. And is at least a reminder to me when I feel like giving up on someone, of love's hope in Jesus. And the difference it's made in my own life.

What would you like to add here?

8 comments:

nAncY said...

faith, hope and Love...
like God giving part of Himself to us, as believers, as we become part of Him.

nAncY said...

it is like we give our self to God and God gives His self to us.

God is Love...faith and hope.

Ted M. Gossard said...

nAncyY,
Indeed God is our Source of faith, hope and love. Amen!

Mama K said...

Wow, I don't think I ever thought of hope as part of love in this way. something to chew on. Thank you so much!

Spherical said...

Wonderful words. Hope is so essential to love, especially when it some to one's love for GOd. There is so much we do not understand, so without hope, how can we love? Without hope, can love really make a difference in our lives?

Ted M. Gossard said...

Mama K,
Thanks. Yes. Seems like in God's grace faith is the beginning, and love is the essence within which all the rest exist, though it would seem hope stands out as well, as we keep going on, drawn by God ever closer to the consummation of our salvation in glorification, in Jesus.

Ted M. Gossard said...

Spherical,
Yes, it seems these three are needed in this life for any one of them to survive. They're all tied together, in Jesus and by the Spirit and the word, in our community and mission to the world- in Jesus.

Thanks.

nAncY said...

part of your comment...love is the essence within which all the rest exist...


i find this a wonderfully extraordinary thought.