Faith – Hope & Charity

 

And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity. 1Corinthians 13:13 KJV

Faith is the confident belief or trust in the truth or trustworthiness of a person, concept or thing.

Hope is a belief in a positive outcome.

But the greatest of these is charity

(Love)

Not because it is to “endure” the longest, but because;

it is the more important virtue;

it exerts a wider influence;

it is more necessary to the happiness of society;

it overcomes more evils.

 

 

For you formed my inward parts;
you knitted me together in my mother's womb.

Psalms 139:13

 

Colossians 2:2 KJV

knit together in love

 

It is the great principle which is to bind (knit) the universe in harmony, which unites God to his creatures, and his creatures to himself, and which binds (knits) and confederates all holy beings with each other.

 

It is therefore more important, because it pertains to society to the great kingdom of which God is the head, and because it enters into the very conception of a holy and happy organization.

 

Faith and hope rather pertain to individuals;

love pertains to society,

and

is that without which the kingdom of God cannot stand. Individuals may be saved by faith and hope;

but the whole immense kingdom of God depends on love.

 

It is, therefore, of more importance than all other graces and endowments; more important than prophecy and miracles, and the gift of tongues and knowledge, because it will survive them all; more important than faith and hope, because, although it may co-exist with them, and though they all shall live forever,
yet love enters into the very nature of the kingdom of God;

binds society together; unites the Creator and the creature;

and blends the interests of all the redeemed, and of the angels,
and of God,

into one.