Three Creative Principles
Of the Human Spirit
And now abideth faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love (1 Corinthians 13:13).
Faith, hope and love are the three creative principles of the human spirit. They are also abiding principles, as indicated in our opening verse. Meaning that when all else fail, these three principles will remain; they’ll never pass away.
Animals don’t have and can’t exhibit these principles, for they are qualities of the human spirit. They are factors that help us understand and appreciate the yearnings of the human nature. They help explain why we are the way we are, and why we do things the way we do. When you get to understand faith, hope and love you’ll understand yourself much better and also understand things about God that you never knew.
Like all laws, these three principles of faith, hope and love don’t function on their own; they must be applied or acted upon. Faith, hope and love are in your spirit, but that doesn’t mean they are going to work on their own. You’re the one to make a choice to act your faith, to always be hopeful towards God, and to walk in love.
With your faith you can do anything: “…verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you” (Matthew 17:20). Then, Romans 5:5 tells us“And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.”
The reason hope doesn’t disappoint is that the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit (Romans 5:5). Love in your heart gives life to your faith, for the Bible says faith works by love (Galatians 5:6). When you activate these three principles in your life, you’ll be extraordinarily productive.
Dear Father, I thank you for granting me understanding of faith, hope and love; I function today with these higher principles of the Kingdom, and declare that they’re producing supernatural positive results as I put them to work in my life, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
1 Thessalonians 5:8; 1 Thessalonians 1:3
DAILY SCRIPTURE READING
1 Year Bible reading plan: Act 11:19-30; Nehemiah 1-3
2 Year Bible reading plan: Luke 4:14-32; Deuteronomy 23