Devotion – June 2, 2015 – Faith, Hope, and Love at Work

1thessalonians1_3We continually remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.
—1 Thessalonians 1:3

Faith, love, and hope are gifts of the Holy Spirit.  But these are not just good feelings, they are active words.  God actively works them in us and they then produce active results in our lives.

Faith:

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
-Ephesians 2:8-10

God creates faith in us as we hear the promises from God’s Word.  That faith trusts those promises and transforms us, bring us to life in Christ, trusting in God for all things, and animating that life with works of faith prepared beforehand by God.

Love:

So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.
-1 John 4:16

God is love.  As we abide in God through faith in Christ Jesus, we abide in love.  We begin to see the world through the loving eyes of God and are motivated to act in that love because of the great love God has for us and others.

Hope:

For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.
-Romans 8:24-25

When life gets rough and when things seem like they are falling apart, we continue to trust that God is at work and that God will see us through in this life and the next.  Our hope is in the unchanging and unfailing promise of God.  We may not see it now, but that’s when the hope given to us in Christ carries us through.

Heavenly Father,

Give us faith to believe in your promise of salvation and an abundant life.  Give us love to love the world as you have loved us in Christ.  Give us hope regardless of the circumstances around us.  In Jesus name we pray,

Amen

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