The words “faith,” “hope,” and “love” form an important theological triad in the New Testament. They appear in Paul’s letters to the Thessalonians, Corinthians, and Colossians. 


An agricultural analogy helps me understand the important relationship between faith, hope, and love. Think of faith as the plant, hope as the root, and love as the fruit. Faith springs forth from hope and love is the visible proof of faith. 


The apostle Paul saw evidence of all three in the Colossians and shouted, “Praise the Lord! Three cheers for you!” Would Paul say the same if he was writing a letter to you? Do you possess faith in Jesus Christ, eternal hope, and love for all? Is the fruit of the gospel growing in you?

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“Every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.”

Romans 8:28 MSG