The sure foundation we have in Christ is paved with faith, hope and love. Paul tells us that the greatest of these is love. Love being the greatest doesn’t diminish the others, but indicates that it is the force that makes the other two effective.
Faith looks in the past and receives what the love of God accomplished for us through the cross. We are forgiven and free from our past. Hope looks to our future with joy, great anticipation and confidence in God. Love brings freedom in our today. If we are hurting because of things in our past, or worried about things of tomorrow, we are not able to love in the present. Today we believe that what God did yesterday secured our tomorrow. Now faith is because of love. Faith and hope abide in us the moment we rest in God’s love.
We cannot change what happened in our yesterdays, but we can stop it from coming against our present circumstances by applying the love of God that brings hope out of any situation. Nothing can separate us from the love of God we have in Christ Jesus, not even ourselves or things of our past. Today and everyday let us receive the greatest gift anew, and with it receive great faith and great hope, from glory to glory!
1 Corinthians 13:13 “And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”
When we are in the presence of the Lord, we enjoy His love, His peace and His rest. Often, it is in that place that He distributes gifts to us without our realizing it. Only later do we notice an increase of His gifting, in and through us, as the need arises. His presence always comes with presents from Him. As we seek Him and not the gifts, we find that He showers us with the gifts.
These gifts are spiritual gifts and come from the greatest gift, love. He wraps us with more of His glory so we can be His gift to others. We carry and distribute His love to all those we meet. As this most precious gift is given, it leads all of us to experience His presence and seek Him even more. His word, healing and peace are shared with others and multiplied in more ways than we can see.
We do not know the results of our sharing Christ’s love. God continues to increase all that is done from His heart of love. We do not follow the signs and the wonders; they follow us. His love heals, restores and comforts. His love is what brings forth all that comes from Him. As we love Him and rest in His presence, let’s receive His presents to present to the world, from glory to glory!
1 Corinthians 13: 1-3 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.
Can we believe in miracles? When the impossible becomes possible; the supernatural becomes the natural; and what cannot be accomplished by men can be accomplished by God; then, we remember our Savior’s birth and gain faith for all the miraculous expectations we carry in our hearts.
When the doctor announces an incurable disease to a patient; someone gets laid off a job at a time when unemployment is high; an unforeseen divorce brings hopelessness; or finances diminish to nothing; then, we may be caught up in despair and fear of an uncertain future. The question is: was Jesus born of a virgin? Our answer to that question stirs up faith and brings us divine answers for whatever we face.
The angel told Mary about Elizabeth’s miraculous pregnancy, so not only could she believe, but we could believe as well. We learned that miracles not only pertain to Jesus, but are available for everyone. When we celebrate the birth of Jesus, we celebrate the amazing, astounding and astonishing works of God. Yes, we do believe! Nothing is impossible with God. Our walk of faith expects divine steps at every turn, from glory to glory!
Luke 1:36-37 “Now indeed, Elizabeth your relative has also conceived a son in her old age; and this is now the sixth month for her who was called barren. For with God nothing will be impossible.”
Because God so loved us that He gave, we so love that we give. God’s love is what we are to give, above all. It is a gift; therefore, it’s given without any expectation of receiving anything in return. God keeps on loving us and we keep on loving, by grace, through faith.
Forgiveness, joy and peace come as we give love. It’s not our human love that we give; it’s the unconditional love of God that has been placed in our hearts by the Holy Spirit. Love is one of the nine fruits of the Spirit, and the one without which none of the others could exist. We recognize we are walking with the Lord by the way we love one another.
It’s not what is given in the natural that has value; it’s the love that is given through a gift. This gift can be a hug, a smile, a scripture or a cookie. The value placed on a gift is the same for all things given: the love that it carries. A hug from a heart of love is worth much more than an expensive gift from obligation. Truly the Lord Himself is a gift that never stops giving, from glory to glory!
1 John 4:11-12 “Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us.”