And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:13:
Open Q: How does this passage motivate you? What do you think?
Main Point: God’s character is love and He loves you and accepts you; you are forgiven and secure in Him! He created you for a reason and has given you a purpose greater than you could ever imagine. He wants you to pursue Him and His principles so He can empower you even more.
What does this mean? God tells us that love is the greatest thing we can experience, that real love points to Jesus, for He is the Greatest! God loves us so much; He will allow His great love to move in with hope to further our faith. When we are in Christ, we have deep value. He died for you to give you salvation so you are unique and complete in Him! When we have faith in Christ, we are pleasing and glorying Him, which is the main mission for our life. With faith, you will be able to move forward this great love and all of its dimensions to impact the Kingdom!
What can we do? Take each of the aspects of Love in 1 Corinthians 13; then replace the word “love” with “Jesus!” For example…Jesus is patient, Jesus is kind…; what does this do for you? How does this give you a glimpse into His character?
Q: Why is real, authentic Love the greatest thing we could ever have or do?
Q: What do faith, hope and love mean to you? How have you shown them?
Q: How would a better understanding and practice of love help you?
How does this apply? The manifestation of love places our confidence in our Lord, that He is holding and molding us, and the expectation that we have more and better things to come throughout all eternity. Hope is not just our forward outlook to be in Christ forever, or that produces Joy for today.
Where is my Hope in this? We do not deserve His love, yet we receive it anyway. We do not earn it or achieve it or merit it in any way whatsoever, yet it is there for our taking because of what Christ has done on our behalf.