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Today’s devotion is based on 1 Corinthians 13.

Christ Lives

“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love.
But the greatest of these is love.”
1 Corinthians 13:13

Faith, hope, and love — three very familiar words.

Words that I’ve heard said so often, they are feel abstract, vague, bigger than life, and a little powerless.

Faith, hope, and love are like three pillars of qualities that should be displayed in people who say they are Christians. These qualities should manifest themselves in our actions and words and cause us to run this long distance race with endurance.

FAITH

Faith that is real, life changing, and powerful is trusting in the character of God and the completed work of Jesus. To move mountains, faith has to be more than believing in God, it’s believing that Christ lives in me.

HOPE

And there is hope. Not like, “I sure hope the weather is nice tomorrow.” That kind of hope doesn’t keep anyone going long. Worldly hope actually leaves me feeling hopeless! But when the object of our hope is Jesus, everything changes.

He is our living hope. Not just a wish or a feeble desire. Hope is our assurance of salvation and a critical piece of our spiritual armor.

LOVE

The Greek word used in this verse for love is agape, the highest form of love. It’s the kind of love God demonstrated toward us when He sent His son. Love is the very essence of who God is, and it’s the thing that should define us and set us apart, in this world.

Of these three words, the verse says, “the greatest of these is love.”

Someday, in heaven, our faith will become sight, and our hope in Christ will be fully realized. So these two attributes will no longer be needed.

But love will endure forever.
 

Rhonda Quaney

Rhonda and her husband, Jim, recently sold the home where they raised their family and moved to 44 acres that is teeming with wildlife. The land came with an old white farmhouse which is a work in progress. People frequently stop them in the grocery store to offer “free” random pets such as a potbelly pig, fainting goats, and ponies. Rhonda sees all of this as proof of God’s good gifts and humor. She writes stories of redemption at www.rhondaquaney.com.

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