Monday, December 10, 2007

Moved to Action

Faith, hope, and love is a common grouping found throughout the New Testament. Paul points out in his first letter to the Thessalonians that true faith, hope and love in Jesus Christ produce concrete results and changes in how we live our lives and what we do. Faith produces work for the kingdom. Sincere faith results in taking action to live for Christ and for his purposes.

Hope inspires endurance. Endurance is “the act, quality, or power of withstanding hardship or stress.” Another word for endurance is perseverance. Hope is not simply wishful thinking. Rather, it is going all the way as a follower of Christ because of a deep knowledge, conviction, and confidence in him and his return.

Finally, love for Jesus Christ prompts labor for the kingdom. Labor is much like work and is defined as “physical or mental exertion, especially when difficult or exhausting.” When we love Jesus we lay down our rights and strive with great effort to serve him - even when it gets uncomfortable and hurts.

We will be moved into obvious action when true faith, hope, and love are present in our lives.
We continually remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. - 1 Thessalonians 1:3

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