Only Love Remains


One day there will be no hope; in that day there will also no longer be any faith.

I know that many folks, perhaps you among them, think we are already there.    There is hate FAITH HOPE LOVEamong the people and many see no future for themselves or for their children.  But I am asking you to look at the “Love Chapter,” which is found in 1 Corinthians 13.

The Apostle Paul tells us that one day we will see this …

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.   1 Cor. 13:13 (NIV)  

Do you have faith that God is true to His promise?    He promised us that if you will only believe in His Son, Jesus Christ, then you will have everlasting life.     Do you believe that?    And on what do you base that belief?    You probably believe it through faith in the scripture of John 3:16

 “For God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16 (HCSB)

But remember this from Hebrews:

Now faith is the reality of what is hoped for, the proof of what is not seen. Hebrews 11:1 (HCSB)

There are two important words found here:   Faith and Hope.

You have FAITH that your HOPE of eternal life will be kept through the LOVE of God.

If you stand in that faith, you will one day stand before the throne of God, and that HOPE will be fulfilled.     There will be no more need for HOPE.       And your FAITH will be replaced by what is seen …. There will be no more need for FAITH.

What will remain is the love of God which is what you had faith and hope for all along.    But of the three, faith, hope and love, only the LOVE remains … and it will continue forever.

Love never ends. But as for prophecies, they will come to an end; as for languages, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will come to an end. 1 Corinthians 13:8 (HCSB)

Now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:13 (HCSB)

Faith will no longer be needed.    Hope will have turned into reality.    But the love of God remains forever.

About Keith A. Rothra

Keith serves as pastor of Judson Community Baptist Church in Longview, Texas, and teaches political science at LeTourneau University and Kilgore College. He and his wife, Barbara, have two children and six grandchildren.

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