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Three to Watch For

Everyone has faith in something. No one can live very long without hope. And those who don’t believe in God often make a strong case for loving one another.

So is it any wonder that those who do not think Christ is the only way to God are not impressed when they hear his followers emphasize faith, hope, and love?

Could it even be that some of us too have been inclined to accept these virtues in their common form without watching for the kind of faith, hope, and love that are directly related to life in the Son of God?

See if the following thoughts help to mark the kind of faith, hope, and love that are far more life-changing than they are common.

The kind of faith that pleases God isn’t just believing that the God who created the world can do anything he wants to do. As important as it is to have that confidence, it is even more reassuring to believe that he is able and willing to do what he said he would do (Rom 4:20-22). Even while struggling to believe in the One who gives us more reason to trust him than anyone else in the world, we have a chance to be like the man who said, “Lord I believe, help my unbelief” (Mark 9:24). Faith that is distinguished by its relationship to the Son of God can be one of the most wonderful gifts we’ve ever received. Small and weak as it may seem, such faith clings to reason at its best even in the worst of times.

Hope that is more than wishful thinking is a close friend of this kind of faith. As faith looks back to what God has said and done to give us reason to trust him, hope looks forward with expectation in a God who is greater than our groans (Rom 5:1-5; 8:20-25). When faith says, “If God was able to make something out of nothing, speak light into darkness, and bring order out of chaos…”, hope completes the thought by adding, “Then we have every reason to believe that “As our days are, so shall our strength be…”; and that in God’s time there will be days of celebration like we’ve never imagined…

The kind of love that honors Christ thrives in this kind of company. Who is in a better position to show a love that is not rooted in self-centered desire– but in a willingness to sacrifice for the good of others–than those who see faith and hope personified in the God who lives and dies for us? Who is in a better position to empathize with those who envy, covet, and consume themselves in jealousy (for who knows better the cry, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”) while living on the other side of the great day of our own resurrection (back in faith… forward in hope)…

Doesn’t it make sense then to believe that wisdom will help us make faith, hope, and love the goals of this present moment? In this regard, I was interested recently to read what Oswald Chambers said in My Utmost for His Highest. In the July 28th reading his comments focus on the importance of seeing the difference between our goals and God’s. If he’s right, is it possible that watching  for the right kind of faith, hope, and love might be far more important and life-changing than we might have thought.

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31 Responses to “Three to Watch For”

  1. Bob in Cornwall England says:

    1 Corinthians 13:11-13 (Amplified Bible)

    11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; now that I have become a man, I am done with childish ways and have put them aside.

    12 For now we are looking in a mirror that gives only a dim (blurred) reflection [of reality as in a riddle or enigma], but then [when perfection comes] we shall see in reality and face to face! Now I know in part (imperfectly), but then I shall know and understand fully and clearly, even in the same manner as I have been fully and clearly known and understood [by God].

    13 And so faith, hope, love abide [faith–conviction and belief respecting man’s relation to God and divine things; hope–joyful and confident expectation of eternal salvation; love–true affection for God and man, growing out of God’s love for and in us], these three; but the greatest of these is love.

    Surely there is only ONE to watch for and His name is Jesus.
    God is Love and Jesus is God!

    Just a thought!


  2. SFDBWV says:

    I have always believed that Jesus quoted the begining of Psalm 22, when He said ” Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani”, as a way of explaining to His followers what was happening, and why.

    Also that by saying, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?”, He speaks to me and every person who at any time feels abandonded by God, to look upon this event and recieve *Hope* in that it is God whom directs all events and that good will come from the worst of circumstances. It only appears that we are forsaken, while in truth we stand at the edge of a far greater glory than we could ever imagine.

    I can testify that looking for hope in any other place rather than in Christ can and will disapoint you.

    Whats more, He Himself will give you the faith you need and the reason to trust Him and place your hope on Him.

    Before the events of my sons disabling accident and my wifes death, I worked as many as two full time jobs and a third part time. In order to pay my bills, and provide for our *security*.

    While even then believing in and trusting God for my needs, I still tried to do it all myself, placing a great deal of faith and confidence in my abilities, with Christ as my partner….But then….

    I was placed in having to rely totaly on God for every need. I had to quit working in order to back up to the basics of taking care of my family.

    At the begining, with very little income, the people of my community took up donations, the local churches held fund raisers…twice, in order to help us through the roughest patch of our finacial troubles….Love, saved us. Real love, agape love.

    That was 11 years ago, and God has not only provided for us but our cup runeth over and we are able to bless others from out plenty.

    Yes I can testify to the true meaning of Faith, Hope and Love. As well as from where it comes from and to whom it is placed upon.


  3. Hisgirl4life says:

    This is a thoughtful devotion, Mart! I, too, can testify that there isn’t anyone or anything else more deserving of my faith, my hope and complete, absolute trust and love than Jesus.

    I loved Olwald Chambers book “If You Will Ask.” I believe he write a very pondering thought for each of us when he talks about God’s plan for our lives. Here’s what he says, “Keep open-eyed in wonder. Can God do what He likes in your life? Can He help Himself to you? Can He take you up and put you down? Can He introduce His schemes through you, and never tell you the reason? Can He make you a spectacle to men and angels, as He did Job,without giving you any explanation? Can He make you a wonder to yourself and to others, while He gives you the implicit childlike understanding that somehow or other things are working out all right?

    There have been many times in my life that ONLY God could take the glory for the answers to great need. Yes, it has stretched my faith, sometimes even shattered my hope, but never stopped my love for Him. He tells us He will not share His glory with anyone.

  4. Hisgirl4life says:

    A favorite quote from “If You Will Ask” by Oswald Chambers (sorry for the mispelling)

    “The characteristic of the Holy Spirit in a man (or woman, I presume) is a strong family likeness to Jesus and freedom from everthing unlike Jesus.”

    I pray the world will see Jesus in each of us.

  5. xrgarza says:

    The Bible tells us that our righteousness is like filthy rags, imagine what our wisdom, hope, faith, and love is.

    The bible also tells us not to lean on our own understanding. I have for some time believed that faith, true faith supersedes our own wisdom.

    Our wisdom, like Steve mentioned will have us working three jobs to provide security for our families, but to wait on the Lord strictly by faith is something that we can’t even begin to comprehend or explain until we have had the opportunity to experience it.

    It is then that we realize that this kind of faith is like nothing anyone has ever explained to us, and the amazing thing is that the process that was used to reach that moment of faith can rarely be repeated or duplicated, nor would we want anyone to go through what we did to achieve it, every experience of faith is unique.

    So I would ask, how can this kind of faith, hope, and love be taught? Certainly not in a classroom built by mans hands.

    It will look different to every person, I believe that getting out of our comfort zone can be a frightening thing, but to live life with a of faith, hope, and love like we talk about will require each one of us to take that step. It is so much easier to be rhetorical about our faith.

    So often times God may assist us by allowing us to be pushed into circumstances beyond our control that we would not normally choose to take part of. Like with Steve I strongly believe that in a million years, he wouldn’t have placed his current situation on his bucket list of things to do, it would be foolishness to us.


  6. xrgarza says:

    Correction: I didn’t understand one of my paragraphs either:

    It will look different to every person, I believe that getting out of our comfort zone can be a frightening thing, but to live a life of faith, hope, and love like we talk about will require each one of us to take that step. It is so much easier to be rhetorical about our faith.


  7. poohpity says:

    Gee Jorge, it looks like Mart answered our question. Thank you Mart!! :-)

  8. poohpity says:

    It is so wonderful to realize that it is not the goal of everlasting life but the process of getting there that God is interested in. Not looking at how many times a day I sin but whether God never let’s me go, that it is He who is faithful. I can not ever earn His love it was freely given. I do not have to be strong it is the Rock that I stand on Who is strong. I do not have to build my own faith it is God who helps me through circumstance so that I will trust Him and then the faith develops. No matter the storms of life if I am looking to God the storms will not move me because He has a firm hold on me and will never let me go.

    Although I had head knowledge of the fact that God is the firm foundation it wasn’t until recently that I had a life experience that could have caused me to return to the old life but and I can firmly say but the ROCK I stand on held me close and it became heart knowledge that I am His and He will not let me go. So my faith and hope took another leap and back into the arms of a loving Savior who never gives up on us no matter what we do. It is not dependent on me, thank God, it is all about Him. The yet far more than.

  9. davids says:

    It has been a great learning in this, my sixth year as a believer, that Faith, Hope, and Love are not things that we feel. They are things that we do.

    It might be a fundamental tenent of Christianity, but it is not often explicitly stated. Our pastor cited John 13.34, “A new command I give you: Love one another.” to stress that the command is not to feel, but to act. By acting we come to feeling, rather than waiting for the feeling to motivate our action.

    Reading C.S. Lewis recently, he made a similar point about faith as something we practice rather than a state of mind.

  10. Bob in Cornwall England says:

    Faith is knowing something will happen and having total assurance about it…..Like the sun rising each day.

    Hope is looking forward to something and planning around it…..Like hoping the weather will be nice for that BBQ at the weekend.

    Love is knowing and looking to Jesus and obeying His commands…..And so faith, hope, love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

    If we love Him then all else will fall into place.


  11. ckapac says:

    Xavier, wow you said it perfectly!
    There is a great line from Evan Almighty the movie when the wife is broken as her family (namely her husband) is looking like it is falling apart. Morgan Freeman’s character (GOD) comes to her as a waiter in a restaurant and says:
    “If a person prays for courage, do you think God will give him/her courage or opportunities to be courageous?
    Bob, well put! Simple!!!

  12. SFDBWV says:

    Today is one of thoes days I have a semi traditional “Thanksgiving” dinner, Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravey, noodles, broccoli & cauliflour with cheese, and corn.

    I have been busy this morning readying the turkey getting the potatoes peeled, getting things prepared for our afternoon meal.

    Outside my kitchen window deer feed, unconcerned that I am only a few feet away. Birds fly in and out of the feeders and bees abound.

    I am truely grateful for all the blessings God has given me to appreciate, and I do appreciate them all.

    When Glenna came to live here with us, she had not fully yet learned how God meets our every need, to overflowing. Since her arrival here to be my wife, she has learned that while life isn’t easy here, God offsets the negitives with positives that far out surpass the sadness and turn frowns into smiles that are filled with real honest true love.

    God has more that adequately shown us we have reason to have hope in issues we await to see fulfilled.

    God’s love is here, anyone who comes here feels it, its warmth is obvious.

    That is not to say there are not anguish nor tears, but God is faithful to comfort us and give us reason to have…. faith, hope and experiance His love.

    Goodmorning to all


  13. Hisgirl4life says:

    Good morning!

    I was touched by your words, Deb, (Pooh). Often the life lessons that touch others come from our own trials and temptations. The world watches…we can choose to be a living testimony, or crawl under the bedcovers and give up. Your words encourage others!

    Steve, can I come for Thanksgiving dinner too? It’d be quite a fly from the midwest!

    I couldn’t help thinking again about faith, hope and love. This morning, Dr. Charles Stanley was speaking about the God of comfort. He read through Isaiah 40, which talks about God, the Shepherd who tenderly cares for his flock. He talked about the magnitude of creation and his sovereignty, his ability to strengthen us and his desire for us to worship him. Then he concluded his message with the beautiful verse in Isaiah 40:31: “Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength, they will soar on wings like eagles.”

    He explained about eagles with their eyes upon their prey. They never take their eyes off their food. Eagles love storms. Storms allow them to fly higher…the stronger the winds during a storm, the higher they fly.

    Then he shared something very touching and beautiful….he said every child of God has a set of wings…your faith. Faith lifts you up above the storms of life, which God often uses to enable us to trust Him more and follow his will.

    After reading through the entire chapter of Isaiah 40, Dr. Stanley asked a few questions to think about…

    Who is this God?
    And…you’re afraid of what?
    And…you’re worried about what?

    Isaiah really puts those fears to rest when we consider our faithful provider, protector, shepherd and Savior. I agree with so many other comments here…without Jesus allowing the storms in our lives, our faith, hope and love of the Him would not continually grow and manifest to others and the world. May we all grow into the beautiful likeness of Jesus.

    Blessings on your Sunday all!

  14. poohpity says:

    I watch him too all the time, good biblical based teaching like the words that Mart shares.:-)

  15. foreverblessed says:

    Who can fathom all what God did? Isaiah 40:13
    This line I read last week somewhere in a devotional:
    “I, who created the earth out of chaos, can I not regenerate your life?”
    And that made me think, I went back to Genesis 1:2.
    There was chaos on earth,

    think of it, bitter empty vastness, ghastly and dead.
    and God did not lose hope,
    He could see through the deadness.
    He created a beautiful planet, He ordered all species of life their time and place.
    If He could do that to the earth He can do it in our lifes too, give new hope, new energy, Isiaiah 40:28-31
    that we can soar on wings like eagles.

  16. Regina says:

    Good Evening All

    I agree, Mart, that wisdom is definitely the principle thing as we strive to walk in faith, hope and love. Several scriptures come to mind as I ponder “the big three.”

    Heb. 11:1, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
    Rom. 12:3 “…God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.”
    John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son…”
    Mark 12:30, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.”
    Rom. 5:5, “Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”

    Thinking about your last sentence, “If he’s right, is it possible that watching for the right kind of faith, hope, and love might be far more important and life-changing than we might have thought.”

    I believe it takes *wisdom* and a relationship with God in order to watch for the right kind of faith, hope and love. Thinking about how the “three to watch for” have always been important and life-changing but (in my opinion) one cannot embrace the full magnitude of the God kind of faith, hope and love unless he/she is “born-again,” made new in Christ Jesus (2 Cor. 5:17).

    Thanks for sharing Oswald Chambers devotional, “God’s Purpose or Mine? (July 28)” Enjoyed reading it and will share it with other friends.

    First initial thoughts…


  17. Regina says:

    Just finished reading all of the comments; thank you all for sharing your thoughts and wisdom.

    Steve, your semi traditional Thanksgiving dinner sounds delicious! Was wondering if you made everything from scratch. I love home-cooked meals, and Thanksgiving dinner is one of my favorites!


  18. SFDBWV says:

    Regina, Yes everything in that meal is made from *scratch*. I like the time it takes to prepare things, it is a time I can think and meditate and spend with God as well as my thoughts. An extra ingredient.

    With all the issues that have altered my life and placed me in the situation where I am , I find that we are simply waiting for God. Placing our faith and trust fully on Him, He provides more than enough.

    If we will allow it, we can have peace while we rest. However too often we pick up anxieties not meant for our tutorage and take in more burdens perhaps meant for another.

    Faith, a gift from God, is often nurtured by hope; faith being the substance of things hoped for.

    If we have hope we have to believe that there is an end to, or answer to, that which we hope for…Faith in a resolution.

    Having faith in God, gives us hope that He, in all of His wisdom and love will resolve the matter…perfectly.

    Love… can love be explained? It can be felt, shown,said, but it is an action word.

    Way too often we hear we are loved, but where is the proof behind the words?

    God proves His love in so many ways, especialy to we His children. Whom He adopted into His eternal promises, For whom He became a man and sacrificed Himself so that we could see, and *hopefuly* understand what Love is.

    A gift so huge that we can never be able to match or repay it. All He asks from us is to have faith in Him, trust Him and inso doing show our love for Him.

    To prove that love for Him by giving the same love to our fellow man….to be Christ-like.

    Goodmorning to all


  19. Uncle Ron says:

    This was a timely post for me. As a child, I was very susceptible to poison ivy and spent many summers itching and scratching. But it’s been well over forty years since my last bout. And even though I often hike in the woods, I’ve been spared the affliction, so I thought I’d developed an immunity. Wrong! A little over two weeks ago a rash appeared on my feet and legs, and the incessant itching began. I tried in vain not to scratch, but the momentary relief outweighed the increased intensity of itching that ensued. It was then that an insight dawned on me.
    I have struggled with an addiction for years, which has resisted therapy, medication, and prayer. The poison ivy episode made me realize that, just as with my addiction, indulging the “itch” only makes it stronger. It sounds simple and obvious, and yet the realization was profound for me. Only when I stop “scratching” will I ever be released from the throes of addiction. Give me strength, Lord….

  20. wvgirl826 says:

    How do you respond to someone that writes this: I’ve learned to defend homosexuality by stating Leviticus 18:22 & Leviticus 20:13. My brother works on Sun., Exodus 35:2 states he should be put to death. People that wear eyeglasses-Leviticus 21:20 forbids approaching the alter of God with a blemish of sight. Leviticus 11:6-8 says a person becomes unclean by toaching a pigskin. Leviticus 25:43&44 says I can have slaves if they’re foreign. Exodus 21:7 gives permission to sell my daughter into slavery. Isn’t it a double standard to choose which laws to follow and which to ignore? Shouldn’t all laws be adhered to?
    I want to respond to this person but am unsure on what and how to answer. Do you have any tips on how to do this? Thanks.

  21. dja says:

    Thank you, Steve for what you have written this morning (as well as other times) You wrote, “God proves His love in so many ways, especialy to we His children.”

    When I read Three to Watch For, I thought about a particular time in our lives when the Lord worked faith and trust in us and showed His love in an amazing way. But then I didn’t write about it yesterday because I am always afraid of babbling on. But, this morning, after reading Steve’s post, I decided to tell this little story:

    It was in November,1983, and my husband had been out of work for quite some time. He had just been called back to his company (lay-offs were the norm) and had worked a week and a half. When he returned home on that Wednesday, he said he had just made it home on fumes-We had absolutely no money, his first paycheck would be the following day, and he had an hour’s drive to work the next morning. I said “What are we going to do?” My husband, who had just come back to the Lord that spring said, “We will pray and wait on the Lord.” So, we gathered our 3 children and knelt down and prayed. Then, we had supper, did the dishes and got the kids to bed. At 9:00 there was a loud knock on the front door. My husband opened the door, and our neighbor from about a mile up the road appeared, hair all a mess and sleepy-eyed. He said, “I don’t care what you people say! You’re taking money for taking my daughter to the bus stop every morning (I had been picking up their daughter to get the morning kindergarten bus along with our son-it was right on the way).” He slapped $5.00 (which was plenty at that time for gas to get to my husband’s work) into my husband’s hand and mumbled something about having been sound asleep and being awakened and bothered about giving us money. Then he went home. We stood there with tears running down our faces, rejoicing in how God had proven His love to us.

    I could, as all of us could, write a book about the Lord’s constant care. All that we have is of Him. without Him working in me I have no faith, hope or love. When I am anxious (which I tend to be at times) only Jesus can quiet me (Psalm 94:18 & 19)and work in me faith, hope and trust in the One Who loves me with an everlasting love. What a Savior!

  22. SFDBWV says:

    wvgirl826, There is a great many things I could write to aid you in you quest to answer your friends questions.

    However wanting to be short I would have to direct the matter to the fact that we no longer are under the Law, the Law was fulfilled By Jesus and we are in a period of Grace.

    That it is the Holy Spirit’s job to convict another of sin found in their heart.

    Direct you friend, if they are open to instruction at all, to the New Testement and especialy the Book of Romans.

    Too often people who do not know the scripture, pick out such verses just to further an argument. Not knowing the heart of God nor understanding the purpose of Jesus Christ.

    Patient love and not being drawn into a spirit of strife, will either help your friend to understand or they will spend a lot of time in the wilderness, a choice of their own.

    Am guessing the wv in your name may be West Virginia. That is what the WV in mine represents.


  23. SFDBWV says:

    Thank you for your story Della, I too have many, but am always brought to tears when I hear of anothers blessings.

    God is always right on time, I loved your testimoney.


  24. Regina says:

    Good Morning All
    Steve, thanks for sharing such thought-provoking and timely words this morning (6:35 am). Your words are (truly) “chicken soup for the *born-again* soul.”

    Uncle Ron, I agree with you in your prayer for strength (the power of God) to overcome your addiction.

    wvgirl826 – Want to share my first initial thoughts with you on what someone said to you, and if I don’t cover all bases, I know my dear brothers & sisters on this blog site can help me.

    When we accept Jesus’ gift of salvation (He died on a cross for our sins), we become *born-again.* This means that we no longer have to live under “old testment” law because Jesus Christ is the fulfillment of those laws. We are now saved by grace.

    Want to share some Bible verses with you:
    Eph. 2:8-9, NLT: “God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.”

    You could also share with your friend(?) that even though we’re saved by grace, it doesn’t give us a license to sin. As a matter of fact, when we become a new creation in Christ Jesus, we no longer have a desire (or appetite) to sin.

    Romans 6:1-2 NKJV: “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?
    2 Cor. 5:17, NKJV: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

    Sometimes, as Christians, we give in to *fleshly* desires. This happens when we’re not walking in the Spirit. A person CANNOT walk in the Spirit and walk in the flesh at the same time.

    Romans 8:1-2 NKJV
    There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.

    Want to share a few more Bible verses with you. I believe these verses speak to Christians (born-again) who give in to temptation because they’re walking in the *flesh (*carnality).

    1 John 1:9-10 NKJV
    If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.

    I hope this helps you…


  25. poohpity says:

    Even if God doesn’t answer our prayers for things, healing or anything else when we feel it should be answered and how it should be answered. The bottom line is that we have been offered redemption from our sins and they are cast as far as the east is from the west. His will is that we show honor not just because of creation but because God realizes our sin nature yet provided a way of escape from the penalty which is death. Believing in that act of unfailing love will give us hope in a love that is beyond description from a God that even knows the hairs on our head, every thought that is in our minds and every motive of our heart.

    Knowing those things would send shivers down my spine that a Holy God knows us so well yet loved us so much that He Himself provided a way to hold us close. That no one, no how can separate us from that love. If He never answered another prayer would you still believe? I believe that that is the kind of faith, hope and love God desires from us, just to know Him not for what He can do for us but for who He is.

  26. bubbles says:

    Yes, Deb. And then this omniscient, omnipresent, omnipotent, and immutable God blesses us with so much more than we deserve. Guess we are like that also.We want to be seen, and known, and loved–loved for who we are and not because or what we do for others.

  27. foreverblessed says:

    How beautifully He loves us. At the moment I am realising this, and that Jesus gave us a new command: to love each others as He has loved us. John 15:12
    (there was a time I thought: -each other- is my fellow church people, but I believe Jesus meant everybody that crosses your path).
    So I want to pray more and ask for this great love to love the other as He loves me.

  28. foreverblessed says:

    Bubbles I realise the contradiction, we love the othere not because we want to be loved by God or to feel worthy, but the other way round: the love of Him in us compels us to love the other.

  29. SFDBWV says:

    Mart mentions in the topic that non Christians are unimpressed when we emphasize, Faith, Hope, and Charity (Love). Believing all religious ideals support this concept….But do they?

    When a Christian goes into a Muslim governed country, they are welcomed with caution. The act of converting a Muslim to Christianity is against their civil law and against their religious law…The pentalty being death.

    To proselytize, is what every Christian was commanded to do by Christ Himself.

    To proclaim the Gospel to all nations…Matthew 28:19. We are to do so under the threat of being beaten, tortured, and yes put to death.

    Why would a disciple of Jesus endure such a threat? Why would God allow for His followers to die under the sword, by non believers?

    To me the answer is simple, yet is often said without understanding the depth of the commitment.

    We are to love others, enough to die for them, as Christ died for us. God Himself will provide our opportunities to witness for Him.

    Paul took the Gospel to the Jew, who like the Muslim of today took the message to be a threat against their understanding of what God expected of them, from their law, so he was beaten and threatened with being stoned to death, as was Stephen….This same law of Moses being why the Christ was put to death, condemed by the Jewish religious leaders of the day.

    The same Gospel message threatens todays followers of a harsh religious law…

    Such a faith does not practice Love.

    Such a faith does give an opportunity for its followers to show their faith,…Faith in the belief that they will be rewarded for observing their law…Their reward being their goal.

    Where is the concern for the wellbeing for another, in a religion that orders for non believers to be killed and its followers rewarded for it?

    During the reign of the anti-christ in the world, all people who do not fall down and worship as they are ordered by the religious/civil law, will be beheaded.

    To me the contrast between Christianity and all other world religions are as stark as night and day, as darkness and light.

    Christians give up self for selflessness, that kind of love does not want a single soul lost. that kind of love is what brought God to the cross and kept Him there.

    Our faith, our hope, our love, is rooted in the person of Jesus Christ, who now has changed our hearts through a rebirth spiritualy into His likeness.

    The first birth being created in the likeness of God the second birth being recreated into the likeness of Christ.


  30. Mart De Haan says:

    Steve, I think then that we can agree that keeping faith, hope, and love, together… as each of them individually, and together, express the spirit of Christ is so important.

    On the other hand everyone has their own version of faith, their hope, and their longing for love… even in the most twisted and dark environments…

  31. SFDBWV says:

    Amen! Mart.


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