Faith, hope, love (I Thessalonians 1)

No, the scripture reference is not a mistake. It is indeed I Thessalonians 1, not I Corinthians 13.

The truth is, faith, hope, and love are three things that Paul often links in his letters. I Corinthians 13 just happens to be the most famous of those references.

And here in this letter, we see it again.

We recall, in the presence of our God and Father, your work produced by faith, your labor motivated by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. (3)

We also see the Trinity in these three things.

The good news of Jesus comes to us, and by the power of the Holy Spirit, faith is born in our hearts. And so we serve the Father with joy.

The Father has set his love upon us, and chosen us. And it is that love we receive which motivates all we do for him.

And it is the hope of the resurrection, and the knowledge that Jesus will one day return that helps us endure whatever trials we may go through.

Father, Son, Holy Spirit.

Faith, hope, love.

Are the faith, hope, and love you receive from Father, Son, and Holy Spirit the foundations of your life?

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About bkshiroma

I'm from Hawaii, but have been in Japan as a missionary/English teacher since 1995. I'm currently going to a church called Crossroad Nishinomiya, an international church in Nishinomiya, a city right between Kobe and Osaka. Check out their website: crossroad-web.com 私がハワイから来ましたけど1995年に宣教師と英会話の教師として日本に引っ越しました。 今西宮にあるクロスロード西宮という国際の教会に行っています。どうぞ、そのホムページを見てください: crossroad-web.com
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