“Faith depends on Love. Love keeps Hope alive. We (our Faith) depend on God (who is Love). And God keeps our Hope alive.” -Unknown
Lately, God has been impressing the word LOVE in my heart and I was led to 1 Corinthians 13:4-13, particularly verse 13: “There are three things that remain—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.” [TLB]
It made me wonder, ‘Why is love greater than faith and hope?’ We know that we cannot be saved without FAITH in Jesus and it is impossible to please God without it (see Hebrews 11:6). And our HOPE is what keeps us going in our daily lives because we have secured hope in the promises of the Living God (see Hebrews 6:19). So, how is LOVE greater than the two?
1. FAITH. In Hebrews 11:1, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen,” faith is defined as believing even without physically seeing. Although we cannot physically see God, we know He exists because we can see His creation all around us (see Romans 1:20) and He also reveals Himself to us in His Word. When God made a promise to Abraham about having a seed, it seemed impossible but he remained in faith, believing it will come to pass: “He (Abraham) did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith” [Romans 4:20]. Faith is what sustains us until the thing we believe in actually comes to pass. So, when we enter into the presence of God in heaven, faith will cease because we will see God face to face.
2. HOPE. In the Merriam-Webster dictionary, hope is defined as, “a desire with expectation; expecting with confidence.” Now, we have hope because of our faith. We believe in God and His kingdom in heaven, which causes us to desire and expect to be in the presence of God one day. Paul also spoke of Abraham’s hope, “against all hope, Abraham in hope believed” (see Romans 4:18). Even though there was no logical hope to Abraham’s situation, he had hope because of his faith in God’s promises. But just like faith, hope will cease as well when we enter heaven. Because hope will then become a reality!
3. LOVE. Faith and hope will no longer be necessary one day, but love will never cease. Love will go on for all eternity. Why is that? In 1 John 4:8, “He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.” God is love; God is eternal! Therefore, love is eternal. Our faith and hope will cease when we stand before God, but love is the reason we have the opportunity to enter heaven. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” [John 3:16]. God’s love for us is the reason why faith and hope were ever needed. Oh, how wonderful it is to be loved by the Father!
JAG [a.k.a. Just A Girl]