“Faith climbs the stairs that love has built and looks through the windows that hope has opened.”
-Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892)
1. Love – The strongest of foundations
Without love all is lost, and where there is absence of love all is vanity.
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God love abounds, it is seen everywhere and it is the basis of our own being.
All creation was intelligently designed and built on the firmament of love.
Love is the strongest of the foundations because it is found first in the home of truth. Love and truth are synonymous. Love is absolutely faithful, trustworthy, trustworthy. The integrity of love is safe, in every way. The truth is all of these things, too. And the truth is that faith needs the foundation of love to move with. (Hope keeps faith moving.)
The opposite of love is fear, as is that of faith. Hate is not the opposite of love, because hate is fueled by fear. When faith climbs the ladder of heaven, it does so because it is not afraid, because it is so full of love. Love has absolutely nothing to lose, because where there is loss there is always appreciation for the depth of meaning of the pain experienced.
Faith is just a loveless dream; but with love, faith is capable of making a loved reality come true.
So if love is a ladder, faith has a sure assurance in ascending the most solid rungs; a ladder that love has carved in the densest stone.
2. Faith – Willingness to climb the Path
Love may have gone before faith in building one of the most reliable ladders, but faith must still do what only faith can do: climb.
Faith is movement. It takes us from paralysis to mobilization by sheer will of faith: I can, so I will!
Faith looks up from the foot of that tremulous staircase, as harrowing as it is to look at the journey ahead of her, and reflects; she commits herself to the path, even if it seems impossible. She trusts the integrity of the ladder, but she can’t help but doubt; Yet she continues to climb, one hopeful lunge at a time.
Nothing is as inspiring as faith that walks fearlessly. Although love has preceded it, faith has yet to take its own volitional steps.
3. Hope – Kingdom Vision Enabler
Hope allows vision; clear out the window, faith foresees blue skies. With hope faith grows and doubts are crushed.
Hope enables the vision of faith to come true by bringing the broader perspectives of the reality of love to life. And the reality of love is the Kingdom.
Faith is sustained by love and rises in hope to a vision of the Kingdom.
Love opens the way to faith, but without hope faith would be disconsolately frustrated.
Faith is necessary for the spiritual path, but it is hampered by crippling disabilities if it lacks love or hope.
So when it comes to others and ourselves, let love flourish and hope shine; both uphold our faith.
Love is the foundation and hope is the enabler and sustainer of our faith.
In general, faith can be perfect because love is perfect. Love, being the firm foundation of faith, ensures that faith has all that is good.
Love is the beginning and flowering of faith, and hope carries it through to the end.
© 2016 S. J. Wickham.