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Faith. Hope. Two incredibly important matters! Life cannot really be without them. Without faith, people remain stunted in spirit and shrivel inside. And as Victor Frankl learned while in the Nazi concentration camps in World War 2 (and wrote of in his book entitled Mans Search for Meaning), without hope, people die. Literally.
Yes, indeed faith and hope are the stuff of life! Unlike almost everything else, they are not supplementary matters for life. They are critical. Foundational. Central.
But not even faith or hope can compare to love. ". . . these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. (1 Corinthians 13:13)
Love is greatest for God is love.|
But God is love. (1 John 4:8) And as eternal God is, love will be. When faith becomes sight someday and when hope becomes reality, Gods heart, love, will go on. So love is my greatest need now and forever.
In light of all this, a question remains Are you love? Allow me to phrase that question several different ways and then the day is yours to consider the greatness of love and our common responsibility to live it
Your enemies need love, the Lord, eternal matters today. They need such as much as you do. Will you give them / show them these things?
As surely as faith and hope are dependant on love for meaning (for faith without love is cold at best and hope without love is nothing but grim), what will you do to build your faith and strengthen your hope today? Will you love?
Look to God today look to love. Then live Him before others. Do what He the Eternal One, the Most High would do. Love.
. . . these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. (1 Corinthians 13:13)
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