These remain: Love

Recently we have spoken about how to remain in faith and hope. This blog post we will be speaking about remaining in love and how all three work together.

John 15:9-12 (NIV)
“9 As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.”

Love is the greatest, because love affords me the perspective of His purpose.

Have a read through Mark 4 – Jesus and the Storm.

The disciples did not question his power to act, or they wouldn’t have woken him. No. The thing that was undermining their hope and their faith was there uncertainty of His love for them.

“do you not care?” If God really cared, why on earth would they allow him to go through this?

PERSONALLY...

Personally, my journey of hope and faith has really been a journey of understanding His love.

How may times when I was hoping for something that didn’t happen did I find myself asking “Jesus, don’t you care?”

How many times when my faith is shaken when it looks bleak and dark did I ask the question “Jesus, don’t you care?”

We ask that question because we assume when things go wrong, it’s because He’s stopped caring. Jesus never promised that you would not face trials in fact he told us the opposite.

John 16:33 says,
“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

When you remain in Christ you will face trials (share in His persecution) but when you remain in Christ you will overcome them all. 

James 1:2-4 says,
“2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”

THE GREAT RESULT OF REMAINING IN HIS LOVE

When you remain His love, you get the perspective of his purpose, I begin to understand that He cares more about my endurance then he does in my comfort, and when your faith is tested, it is not for your destruction, no the trial he is there to forming something in you that remains, every time your faith is tested it is producing in you perseverance so that you may remain in Christ and see His life perfected in you, that you would be complete in his love, not lacking anything.

John 15:11 says,
“I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete”

When I am in His love I can face any trial filled to the brim with peace, joy, faith and hope because His love affords me the perspective to say, “Though weeping may last the night, joy comes in the morning.“

"When I am in His love I can face any trial filled to the brim with peace, joy, faith and hope..."

His love affords me the perspective to say, “Though he slay me yet will I trust him.”

His love affords me the perspective to say, “Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil for God is with me.”

All I have to do is remain in His love that surpasses my wildest understanding, that makes everything, what I have and don't have, amount to nothing compared to the eternal hope and faith found in Him and His love.

ALL THREE WORKING TOGETHER

Hope remains, faith remains and love remains.

Faith, hope and love are mutually inclusive. They exist within and because of each other.

You can’t have faith without hope, because faith is the assurance of things already hoped for. And our hope needs faith because to believe is one things but faith enables us to keep believing.

But love is the greatest of all 3 because the only reason I can truly hope and truly have faith is because of His great love, displayed to me through sacrifice of His son that revealed to me how much He loves, hopes and believes in me.

Faith and hope remain when I remain in His love.

James Edwards
Young Adults Pastor