Faith, Hope, and Love

5 For we through the Spirit, by faith, are waiting for the hope of righteousness. 6 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything, but faith working through love (Galatians 5).

In these two verses we see Paul’s trifecta of the “faith, hope, and love” he would write a few years later to the church in Corinth (1 Corinthians 13:13). The emphasis here is faith, which involves a twofold action. First of all, it is “waiting for the hope of righteousness”—that is, it is waiting for the culmination of the righteousness which has already begun its infiltration into the life of the believer through his initial salvation and subsequent sanctification, but will not come to fruition until he sees Jesus (1 John 3:2-3). This is our great hope, and we cannot express such hope without faith.

And while this faith is waiting, it is also “working through love.” That is, it is showing visible signs of itself, not by outward things like “circumcision” or even a choice for “uncircumcision” (neither of which “means anything”)—but rather, it is showing visible signs of itself by the “love” it shows to others. For believers are called to love others even as Christ did, and we absolutely are unable to do so without faith.

Lord, thank You for this reminder about faith, hope, and love. Help us, that This Day they may all be clearly seen in our lives. Amen.