Now we have faith, hope and love, these three, but the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:13
Faith, hope, love are godly virtues. Paul often joined these three ” virtues “. There is no authentic love without faith and hope. The greatest of the three is love. To love is more important than doing great miracles, more important than doing great things for others and dying for a cause, all of which can be done without love.
The measure of a man is not how great his faith is but how great his love is. When God measures a man He puts the tape around the heart instead of the head. Love will never end. Love is the only thing that we shall take with us on passing to a better life. Only on love in our life shall we be judged.
Love and charity, at the beginning both words meant the same thing. But later on, the word ‘ charity ‘ came to mean the help given in the form of alms, although the giving of alms alone is not real love. Love which is selfish and impure is unable to transfigure our life making us the transparent of Christ. Love will be everything when it reaches its perfection. Then everything we have now will vanish and only love will remain.
Our life of faith, hope and love is a prelude to what we shall be in heaven. Heaven is to see God face to face. In the measure that we are able to love God and our neighbor in the present time, in that measure shall we share, after the resurrection, the Glory of God, face to face for being able to love while on earth as Christ loved. He who loved people into the kingdom of God.
God loves you even in your darkest hours. He forgives you even in the darkest failures.