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Sunday, October 2, 2011

1 Corinthians 13:13

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

There is a reason these three are kept close together.  Although the greatest of these three is love, love is nothing without faith and hope. God is love, of that there is no doubt, and like love there will be times when he is readily apparent and times when he is not so easily perceived yet nonetheless there.  So what is it during these dry times that perseveres love and sustains it through trials? It is the work of faith and hope together.

So many people believe that love will last, love is all they need, and love will keep us together.  Love is an emotional, spiritual, and physical bondedness to someone and like most bonds it can be broken.

Faith (i.e. trust) in God and in another is what allows love to take place.  Faith comes first and then love follows.  You cannot love someone you do not trust.  Hope, which stems from faith, is what keeps love alive even in the darkest times.  Without faith and hope, love cannot grow and God cannot be.  So the question to ask someone you want to marry isn't "Do I love you?" but rather "Will it last?"  It is God who joins two people together (God is love) and if your faith and hope are in Him, then let no man separate.

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