And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.
The dictionary defines love as an intense feeling of deep affection. But the Bible tells us that love is much more than a feeling, it’s the most important and greatest virtue of all. Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
You know that God can speak to you through his word when you read the Bible, when you hear a sermon, and when you pray. But he can also speak to you through other believers, through music, even social media. God can speak to you in so many ways if you would only surround yourself with the things of God and put yourself in a position to be receptive.
I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ.
Like Paul prayed for the believers in Ephesus, we need to pray for our friends and family, our enemies, and the world. We need to pray that they would invite Jesus into their lives so they may experience His infinite love first hand and have a personal relationship with Him. We also need to pray that they would come to truly know Him, His grace, glory and how much He really loves them.
You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.
We have been chosen and adopted by God as His own children. His unshakable power lives in us and His Word is written on our hearts as we experience His truth. We have the victory over evil through Christ Jesus by faith.
We know dear brothers and sisters, that God loves you and has chosen you to be His own people.
Live with confidence and walk with your head held high knowing that God loves you and has chosen you to be His own people. You belong to the Father because the Father chose you. How wonderful is that? To know that God Himself chose you should give you the faith you need to follow Jesus wholeheartedly.
but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
As 2017 comes to a close we can thank God for seeing us through another year. Though we may have had struggles we made it through them with the help of the Lord. The new year, 2018 will soon be here and it is a time for new beginnings. Trust in the Lord to renew your strength and refresh your spirit, and remember you are more than conquerors through God who loves you.
Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.
God gives each of us talents, abilities, and gifts and He expects us to use them to serve others. Gifts of wisdom, faith, discernment, teaching, administration, service, mercy, hospitality, encouragement and others have been given to us for His purpose, not ours. If we want to please God we must faithfully use our gifts to bless others and build His kingdom.