What remains? As I sat down for my quiet time, this was the question on my heart. It was one of those gentle, nudging types of questions that often come in the silence.
The year is slipping away, quickly retreating into the shadows of time, leaving many of us with less than it brought us. We have lost a lot, endured a lot, cried a lot, prayed a lot and this question requires us to examine what remains.
“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” (1 Corinthians 13:13)
Paul says in 1 Corinthians 13, “but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears.” Then he went on to say “Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.”
We may not understand everything on this side of heaven, we see and know things in part, yet we can take comfort in knowing that God doesn’t see us in part. We are fully known, we are fully loved and he promises to bring completeness to the broken parts.
What remains . . .
Faith, our gift from God that fully persuades and gives us assurance.
Hope, “our expectation of what is sure”, Romans 5:5 says, “hope does not disappoint or make us ashamed.
Love, what God prefers, the greatest of all.
With the believer, 25 /agapáō (“to love”) means actively doing what the Lord prefers, with Him (by His power and direction). True 25 /agapáō (“loving”) is always defined by God – a “discriminating affection which involves choice and selection” (WS, 477).
This past Sunday ushered in the Advent season and the word of focus for this week is hope. We wait in expectation for His coming, we prepare and make room for Him. As I mentioned in Inviting Emmanuel, “We find ourselves waiting in anticipation for Jesus to come, we long for a release from the struggles, we long to find rest in Him. We long for our Emmanuel.”
Until then we hold on to what remains; faith, hope, and love.
Read “Choosing Hope”