Hope: “To want something to happen or be true and think that it could happen or be true”
“love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”
1 Corinthians 13:7 English Standard Version
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
Hebrews 11:1 New King James Version
“And not these three remain: faith, hope and love…”
1 Corinthians 13:13a New International Version
You may hear a message or two on faith and love…
Exactly. Not a message or two but literally countless messages on any given Sunday.
But how many messages have you heard on “Hope?”
If any, you can probably how many on one hand.
Yet the Word says “now these three remain.” And right there between Faith and Love is that often forgotten word. Hope.
It is perfectly placed for hope is the bridge that binds Faith and Love to one another.
It is possible to have Love without faith.
And it is possible to have Faith without love.
But is it possible to have either love or faith without hope?
I challenge you to find true love, enduring love without hope.
When Jesus challenges the Pharisees regarding why Moses even permitted divorce he tells them it because hearts are hard.
Love without hope becomes hard, dry and brittle.
Yet love with hope…can “cover a multitude of sins.”
Or dare I say wounds. Hurts.
And then there is Faith.
Can you even have faith without hope?
Faith is built on the foundation of hope.
Without hope faith is directionless.
It has no reason.
Without it faith is left in darkness.
Loves back is often broken
faith is stillborn.
Hope is the light and breath of faith.
Endurance in uncertainty
Gives courage even in oceans of fear.
Hope is the breathe of life to dreams
Answers the questions of why
When there is hope,
Love can endure lose and pain.
Faith can catch its second wind.
Do not discount the value of hope
For wherever you find hope…love and faith are ever close by.
“Those who have a ‘why’ to live, can bear with almost any ‘how’.”
Viktor E. Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning