And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:13
1. USE THE RIGHT COMPONENTS. Concrete is a durable building material composed of three things: rock, cement, and water. The Romans began construction on the Pantheon dome in 27 AD, and this concrete marvel still stands over 2,000 years later! Just as three elements come together to form concrete, so FAITH (belief and trust in God), HOPE (confident expectation of what God has promised), and LOVE (valuing and forgiving others because God first loved us) mix together to create the lasting substance of a Christian life.
2. GO BACK TO THE BASICS. The devil is real and he will try to antagonize us in areas of uncertainty. That’s why it’s important we reacquaint ourselves with what the Word of God says about how we should shape our lives and not just go by our assumptions. Take time to study scriptures about faith, hope, and love and how they can work in your life!
3. LET GOD BE THE BUILDER. You are under construction and God has designed you for longevity, for stability, and for purpose. God has achievements ahead for you that you can’t even grasp yet! Don’t underestimate the stabilizing you can bring into the marketplace, in a society, in a culture. As you stay in faith and maintain your hope and walk in love, watch your life become a steadying structure for those around you.
I trust You, God. I walk by faith and not by sight. I am an imitator of You, and I walk in love, just as Christ also loved me. I take hold of this sure and steadfast hope set before me and let it be an anchor for my soul. Above all, I’ll keep fervent in my love for others, because love covers a multitude of sins (2 Corinthians 5:7; Ephesians 5:1-2; Hebrews 6:19; 1 Peter 4:8).
To endure without yielding: withstand. To wait for: await. To remain stable or fixed in a state. To continue in a place.
Copyright © 2019 St. Louis Family Church. All rights reserved. No part of this article may be reprinted or distributed in any form without prior written permission of St. Louis Family Church. Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture references are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. “tenacious.” American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition. Web. 12 Feb 2019