“For we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and your love for all of God’s people, which come from your confident hope of what God has reserved for you in heaven. You have had this expectation ever since you first heard the truth of the Good News.” (Col 1:4-5)
In 1 Corinthians 13, Paul says in the last verse that faith, hope and love remain, and that love is the greatest. Here in Colossians, Paul refers to hope that comes from the Good News that gives us faith and love. So while love is indeed the greatest, hope is the key to gaining the other two.
Paul says that the Colossians had faith in Christ and love for all God’s people, which came from their confident hope of what God has reserved for them in heaven – and all this from hearing the good news about Christ.
Do you remember when you first heard about Christ and accepted Him into your life? Weren’t you filled with hope for the future, a brand new start in life? That same hope from hearing the good news gave you your faith in Christ, it caused you to put your trust in Him and give Him your very life. The good news gave you a love for the church, His people. John in his epistles constantly emphasized that if one does not have love for others, they don’t love or know God!
Faith, hope and love – have you heard the good news that Jesus loves you, has forgiven you of your sins? Let this message bring you hope and work in you faith and love. Love is the greatest of them all – love is our highest goal! But it starts with a hope and assurance of what God has done for you in Christ.
As believers who already have this hope in our lives, we need to share this hope with others, so they in turn have hope in the good news and put theor faith in Christ and gain a love for the people God loves also. Amen!