On the Third Day of Christmas My True Love Gave to Me: Three French Hens
Besides the Trinity what would be a good significance for the third day? How about the three gifts of the Spirit or three Theological Virtues? These are Faith Hope and Love.
1 Corinthians 13:13
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. (NIV)
But for now, three things last —trust, hope, love; and the greatest of these is love (CJB)
And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity. (KJV)
So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love. (ESV)
These three virtues are the most important in a Christians Character. Though not the only characteristics, these three are the ones that Christians should emulate the most. In our Faith we put our whole Trust in Jesus as our Savior. Our Hope is in Jesus that He will return again. Our Love is shown through the acts of Christian Charity, how we treat others, the unconditionally conditional love of God which shines through us. We are to share God’s love with all people (unconditional). Sometimes we need to show tough love (God’s Conditions) not a hatred or condemning but sharing the truth of it so they convict themselves of their sins.
The verse written above is at the end of the “Love Chapter”. It spells out God’s Love for without it we are nothing. It states we should love all without pointing out people’s wrongs. In other words, if we have God’s Love within us, we do not judge others. If the person(s) life is sinful and they boast or take pride in their sins, we are not to become part of the sin by acknowledging it and boosting it for that makes us just as guilty of that sin. Remember the Bible does not say, “love the sinner hate the sin”, but it does tell us to treat others as we would have others treat us.
Having faith (trust), is having the confidence that God will watch over us, guide us through the Holy Spirit, so we can live out our lives as Jesus taught us. This faith cannot be inactive and say that I got Jesus so He will take care of me while you do nothing. Faith gives us the confidence so that we can complete the mission that Christ gave us in Matthew 28:18-20. Without doing things for Christ and only doing them for our own gratification is not putting our faith in Him. There is a difference between believing in Christ and being in Christ.
This also happens to be the ancient Feast of St. John the Beloved. John held onto these virtues and was the only Apostle not to die a martyrs death. They celebrated John because he shared God’s love peacefully and suffered greatly until his natural death from old age. The perfect example of how to live like Christ.
If our full faith (trust) is in God then we have the hope that our love will be that as close to godly as we can be. Do not judge another in their sin but show the truth through God’s Love.