Today’s Scripture: And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity. 1 Corinthians 13:13

Faith – without it, it is impossible to please God.
Hope – through it, we can face our trials because we know God’s promises are true.

Why is love greater than these? It is because it will last forever. It is the only virtue that God is. God is love. There is no limit to His love – it extends to all people across all time and space. However, God is not faith or hope. He doesn’t need to believe or hope because He has all power and knowledge. He knows what, when, why, and how everything will happen.

Although faith and hope are important to us in our daily lives, they will cease one day when we are with Christ in Heaven. We are told we will see Him as He is. We will no longer need to have faith – we will see it. We will no longer have to hope – we will experience it. But we will always have God’s love for us. It will never end.

God’s love was demonstrated to us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8) He died in our place so that we could have everlasting life. Our faith in His death, burial, and resurrection gives us eternal life. We have the hope of Heaven because He promised it to: “whosoever believeth on him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16) Yet, without God’s love in the first place, we would have no hope. It all depends on His willing sacrifice.

Remember, we need faith to serve God. We need hope to help us every day. But most of all, we need God’s love – His love for us is beyond anything we can imagine. Let’s show that love to someone in need today. There is nothing more precious we can give than “the greatest of these.”

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder