Dec 132015

By Dolores Moore

One evening my friend showed me one of the three decorative plaques that would be part of a wall arrangement in her living room. “See, I’ve already got love,” she said, holding up the plaque with the word written on it. “Faith and hope are on order.”

So love comes first, I thought. Faith and hope soon follow.

Love did come first. In fact, it originated with God. First John 4:19 reminds us that “We love (God) because he first loved us.” God’s love is described in I Corinthians 13 (known also as the love chapter) and verse eight explains, “Love never fails.”

Faith and hope are essential to the believer. It is only because we are justified by faith that we “have peace through with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 5:1). And hope is described in Hebrews 6:19 as “an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.”

One day we will have no need for faith and hope. Faith will become sight and hope will be realized when we see our savior face to face. But love is eternal, for love is of God and God is love. (I John 7:8). Now these remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest is “love”—it’s first and last. (I Corinthians 13:13).

Thank you, Lord, for your faithful love and for the love of family and friends. Please help us find ways to show our love to others.