“And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
1 Corinthians 13:13 (NIV)
“In the New Testament, Hope means ‘the expectation of good.’ The original word denotes a joyful and contented expectation of eternal salvation.” 1.
I love the chapter this verse ends. These words are like a coda at the end of a musical piece. Paul reminds his readers of what is important in life. He lists three lasting qualities of life.
We need to have hope in order to go forth in life. Events and circumstances in life sometime cause people to lose their hope. When a person becomes hopeless, that state of mind leads to grief for those around us.
Right now, I am trusting God for several different outcomes. I have to have hope in the LORD for these things or I would become very depressed. I have traveled the road to sadness and depression. I recently realized I had been in a rut. Slowly, I am making progress out of the mire in which I happened to find myself.
As I study our church’s prayer list, I see the need for people to have faith and hope. As one of the practices I do when I read the local newspaper, I read the obituaries. I focus on the families and the deceased person’s involvement in a church. In those instances where the person knew God, I believe those families have hope to see their loved one again in heaven.
1. The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary, Moody Press, Chicago, revised 1988, page 585