In Conformed to His Image, Ken Boa writes how love relates to both faith and hope and why it is the greatest virtue. Regarding time, faith is founded upon events and promises from the past. Hope is looking forward to the future.
Love is active in the present.
We have faith in Jesus Christ because we believed and accepted His claim to be God 2000 years ago when He came to live among us as a citizen of Israel. Israel itself has a history of being chosen by God that stretches all the way back to the patriarchs.
Our faith is not blind…it rests on historical events.
Hope on the other hand looks to the future. Hope looks to promises that have not yet been fulfilled, but promises we believe in because of our faith. So while faith looks backward, hope looks forward.
Love meanwhile exists in the present. It is an emotion we cultivate and experience now…and this love expresses itself in action that also occurs in the present. Love grows out of our faith since we are able to love because God first loved us.
While love grows out of faith, it is fueled by hope. It is through love that we communicate our hope to those around us. It is love looking forward in hope that drives us to witness to those who do not yet know Christ.
It is our love that brings hope to those who are lost and suffering.
Prayer: Lord, allow my faith and hope in You grow into acts of love today.