As we launch into this three-part focus in faith, hope, and love we begin with faith. All of us express some level of faith everyday.
- We take medicine and vitamins believing the ingredients inside will help. We do not know all the ingredients inside those little pills but we plop them in our mouths and swallow them with water. We are expressing a level of faith.
- We get in automobiles believing we will arrive at our destination safe and sound. We express a level of faith.
But the faith spoken of in 1 Corinthians 13:13 is so much more. Later in Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians, he called people to examine themselves whether they be in the faith. People who are not in the faith, would be unbelievers and would express the opposite of faith, hope, and love. They would express unbelief, despair, and hatred. We see plenty of that in our world today.
There is so much we could say about faith, but in this focused study, let’s look at five things we can nail down about faith. Today … Faith Abides.
Notice how Paul the apostle combines these words. “And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” Earlier in the chapter, Paul wrote of things that would fail, cease, and vanishing away. But these three abide. To abide means to remain. To keep on being in existence. Along with hope and love, faith abides.
Have a great evening. Tomorrow we will see that faith is a gift from God.