Faith, Hope, and Charity

For now we see through a glass darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as I also am known.  And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.

I Corinthians 13:12-13

In this passage, we find that there are three things that are going to “abide.”  Those three things are “faith, hope and charity.”  Those are the things that are going to stay.  Those are the things that are going to last forever.  Those are the things that we need to have and that we need to be concentrating on.

We need faith. The Bible tells us that it is impossible to please the Lord without faith.  We need to believe the Bible and we need to believe what the Lord Jesus said, especially about Himself.

We need hope.  Without hope, our lives would be terrible.  Without hope, we would have nothing to live for.  Without hope, we would be miserable.  The Bible gives us hope.  In fact, it gives us a sure hope.

But we also need charity.  In fact, according to this passage (and the whole chapter), charity is the most important thing that we need.

It is “the greatest of these.”  Charity is a Christ-like, sacrificial, giving love.  That is exactly what we need.  We need that in every area of our lives.  Without charity, nothing else matters.  Do we have charity?  Do we have a Christ-like love in our hearts?  How do we treat others? Do we truly have charity?

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