On the Third Day of Christmas

my True Love gave to me,

Faith, Hope and Love

1 Thessalonians 1:2-3
"We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers, remembering without ceasing your work of faith, labor of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ."

1 Corinthians 13:13
"And now abide faith, hope, love, these three..."

Notice these are gifts God gives to us! Ephesians 2:8 tells us faith is a gift of God. We love Him because He first loved us. He gives us hope by promising us a Savior, giving Him to us, and then having us wait for His glorious appearing (Titus 2:13).

To oversimplify for a moment,
1. Faith looks to the past, trusting a person in the present because of that person's past (Hebrews 13:8).

2. Hope looks to the future, acting differently in the present because of an envisioned future (1 John 3:3).

3. Love acts in the present, because of commitments and relationships made in the past, and as an act of faith that the envisioned future will become a reality (Galatians 5:6).

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