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Day Twenty

“And now these three remain faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.”

1 Corinthians 13:13 Someone has said, “Keep the faith. The most amazing things in life tend to happen right at the moment you’re about to give up hope.” In fact, faith doesn’t make things easier, it makes them possible. The words “now abide” are present tense in the Greek. This means God’s love constantly, continually abides. Along with love, two other things continue to abide—faith and hope. The writer of Hebrews states, “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for. By faith, we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.” Tim Keller writes, “A faith without some doubts is like a human body with no antibodies in it. People who blithely go through life too busy or indifferent to ask the hard questions about why they believe as they do will find themselves defenseless against either the experience of tragedy or the probing questions of a smart skeptic. A person’s faith can collapse almost overnight if she failed over the years to listen patiently to her own doubts, which should only be discarded after long reflection.” The reality of faith is it incomplete without hope. Hope is incomplete without love. We need faith and hope to complete love. The words of Keller, “It is not the strength of your faith but the object of your faith that actually saves you.” What is the object of your faith? Jesus Christ is the object of my faith. In fact, Jesus is the object of my hope and love. Pray this morning for faith and hope in your relationship with God. Pray for faith and hope in your family today. I’m praying for you.