1 Corinthians 13:13 "And now abideth faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these [is] love."
Faith and hope and love [that is God's kind of love 'agape love'] are all Godly attributes.
Satan possesses none of these and hates everyone who does possess them.
I wonder as you go through this year of 2019 are these the qualities you possess?
God is the God of faith, the God of all hope and God is love. These are His characteristics.
Those who genuinely possess these qualities are God possessed for these only come from and through the Lord God Himself.
Galatians 5:6 says Faith works by love.
Yet many Christians who profess faith certainly do not exude this love. They act often like they have no love. How can this be?
Many people in today's church even lack these Godly qualities, but they have existed since God breathed His life into man and they will be here as long as He continues to live in men's hearts. They abide regardless of political systems.
Men however, under the direction of the devil, have tried to eradicate them, but their efforts have fallen short and always will.
- Love never fails according to 1 Corinthians 13:8
- Faith overcomes the world according to 1 John 5:4
- Hope we are saved by it according to Romans 8:24
These are the qualities that give our lives meaning and great enjoyment.
These characteristics distinguish men from animals. Remove them, and people begin to act like wild animals.
However, if we inject faith, hope, and love even into the vilest heart, then it can be melted and reshaped in the image of God. Living without faith, hope, and love diminishes the quality of life.
Satan seeks to strip men and women of these three God-like qualities, while God never wants us to be without them. There is constant warfare between the kingdom of God and the kingdom of darkness over these three special virtues.
Today, let God fill you with an even greater measure of His faith, His hope and His love and then be a bigger channel through which He can release these virtues to those who need faith; those who need hope and those who are starving for true agape love.
This year make a determined effort to be all that God has already planned for you!