(Three Principles To Live By)
TO THE BIBLE: 1 Corinthians 13:13 JMNT
“For these three things are abiding, faith, and hope, and love; but the greatest of these is love.”
Faith, hope, and love are three great principles revealed to us in the Word. First, hope is the picture of the thing you desire, which you see afar off; it’s that flicker of light on the horizon on which you fix your gaze. Many things may try to deter you from seeing the picture, but never let it go. If, for some reason, the picture gets blurry and you don’t see it anymore, get into prayer and confession of the Word to regain that vision.
Once you can see the picture, the next thing to do is to take action! It’s one thing to look at the picture far away, it’s another thing to take possession of it and bring it into the NOW of your life. And you do that by faith! Faith is taking possession of the picture you see afar off through your confessions. The Bible says, “NOW FAITH is the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses]” (Hebrews 11:1 AMPC). Hope says, “It will be mine,” but faith says, “I have it right NOW!”
The third of these principles is love, and according to the Bible, it’s the greatest of the three. Your hope will not disappoint you because the love of God has been shed abroad in your heart by the Holy Spirit (Romans 5:5). Also, your walk of love secures faith in your heart, for the Bible says faith works by love (Galatians 5:6). Without love your faith would not work. Love “…binds all things together in perfect unity” (Colossians 3:14 GNB); it never fails and it’s for all time.
1 Thessalonians 1:3; 1 Thessalonians 5:8
I’m not of this world; I function with the higher principles of life in Zion; the principles of faith, hope and love! My faith is perfected today as I walk in love, with hope as an anchor for my soul! And above all, I put on love and envelop myself with the love of God, which binds everything together completely in ideal harmony.
Daily Bible Reading
Luke 24:13-35, 2 Samuel 9-11
1 Corinthians 2:1-11, Psalm 143-144
What are your hopes today? Bring them to pass as you speak out by faith, and walk in the love of God towards others.
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