Most people talk about love. Most people have a deep inner yearning to be loved. Yet the question to ask is; “What is love”? Scripture tells us that,
Love is patient. It is kind. It rejoices at the truth. It always protects. It always trusts. It always perseveres. It always believes. Love creates hope. Love is laid back and endures all things. Love thinks of others being better then themselves. It helps you to be polite, even when no one is looking. Love helps you to forgive. Love causes you to honour your parents and the elderly. It causes you to be honest in all your dealings with everyone. It causes you to be kind to the disabled and to encourage children.
Scripture also tells us what love is not and doesn’t do.
Love doesn’t make you boast. Love never makes you rude. Love is never arrogant. It
never makes you jealous or envious. It does not make you insist on your own way. It is
not irritable and resentful. Love doesn’t make you angry. Love never makes you bitter.
Love never keeps you stewing over things that have happened to you or
things said about you. Love will never cause you to harm your neighbour. True love will
never cause someone to steal, cheat on one’s spouse nor someone else’s for that
matter. It won’t lie, cheat or cause you to be jealous of what your neighbour has.
The apostle Paul makes a profound statement…he says that there are three important things in life… they being Faith, Hope and Love and that the greatest of them is Love. Think about these three things. We all need faith. We all need hope. We all need love. Why would Paul write that love is greater than faith?
Paul after all is writing to a Christian Church. He is writing to a group of people whose lives are meant to reflect a life of faith. Wouldn’t you think that faith is more important than anything else?
The answer to all these questions is a resounding YES! And that is exactly why Paul says Love is the greatest. To show you why its the greatest, I want to work backwards from that list…starting with Faith, Hope and ending in love.
This is a real key for all of life. It’s a universal truth. It doesn’t matter whether you are a Christian, agnostic, atheist or a follower of any other religion. This key that Scripture says is a key of life.
We all need some form of faith to live. Faith is what keeps us going. It keeps us alive. Faith is the source of what gives us purpose. Faith is what keeps us going when the going gets tough. Yet what happens when we find that our faith is starting to dwindle. What is the foundation of faith?
The foundation of faith is Hope. Take a moment to think about this. Our faith starts to dwindle when we find we are in a hopeless situation.
Have you ever faced a hopeless situation? Have you ever beat yourself up about your lack of faith? Have you tried to work your faith up, clench your teeth, clench your fists and say I believe, I’m full of faith?
And while we say this, the situation we find ourselves in becomes a little more hopeless. The more hopeless life becomes and the more we find that our faith dwindles that little bit more.
This is where we need to take another step back, because the foundation of Hope is love. We find ourselves in a place of hopelessness, because we find ourselves in a place of lovelessness. No matter what situation you find yourself in, your faith can not be exercised if you’re living in a situation of lovelessness, because without love there can be no hope.
Yet the reverse works. When we have a foundation of love built into our lives. Have a network of love surrounding us. When we build the ways we live with a foundation of love no matter what situation we find ourselves in, we will always have Hope to keep on keeping on. In fact Scripture says that Hope does not disappoint us, because it leads to faith