1 Corinthians 13:13 But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love.

Paul basically is saying that love, faith, and hope are the best, the greatest, the most powerful of all words. We can see that for faith and love, but hope? Why is hope in the “big three?” Our problem is that we understand hope with the definition of, “maybe we will, maybe we won’t; I hope it happens, but I am not sure it will.” Hope doesn’t seem all that important, all that powerful with a definition like that.

But Paul uses the word hope to mean “a positive expectation of a future event, ” and the future event is eternal life with Jesus and a brand new body that is just like His to boot. The Biblical command is to fix our mind, our thoughts completely on the hope to be revealed to us when we die or when Jesus returns. “The hope” is the event, the day, the moment we see Jesus, but “hope” is also a condition of our heart where we know without a doubt that we are headed for heaven and anticipating it with great eagerness.

Those with great hope instead of a little hope have zero fear of death, in fact they are looking forward to the day they die physically and are resurrected spiritually to be in the presence of the Lord. Zero fear of death, there are a lot of people who would have lived life with so much more joy and freedom during this last year with all of the COVID paranoia if they had some hope.

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