Paul repeatedly emphasized the Christian virtues of faith, hope, and love in his writings. In his opening words to the Thessalonians, he shows us why they are so important. Faith, hope, and love are not simply abstract principles or idealized virtues. They have life-giving force. In the midst of obstacles, fatigue, and discouragement, faith, hope, and love bring energy and endurance to run the race set before us.
We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. – 1 Thessalonians 1:3
Prayer: God, sometimes leading like Jesus, choosing to serve in His name, seems too much. Meet us in our need. Turn us back to Him in faith, let His love reawaken our love for You (and for others), and breathe renewed hope into us, giving us strength to run the race. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.