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Faith, hope and love. faith. To believe everything that God has revealed to us To believe nothing concerning God but what is honorable and excellent To give ourselves wholly up to Christ in heart and desire, to become disciples of His teaching
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faith • To believe everything that God has revealed to us • To believe nothing concerning God but what is honorable and excellent • To give ourselves wholly up to Christ in heart and desire, to become disciples of His teaching • To believe all God’s promises, and that whatever is promised in Scripture shall on God’s part be as surely performed as if we had it in possession • To believe also the conditions of the promise, or that part of the revelation that concerns our duty • To profess publicly the doctrine of Jesus Christ, openly owning whatever He has revealed and commanded, not being ashamed of the word of God • To pray without doubting, without weariness, without faintness, entertaining no jealousies or suspicions of God.
hope • To rely upon God with a confident expectation of His promises • To esteem all the danger of an action, and the possibilities of failure, and every mishap that can intervene, to be no defect on God’s part, but either a mercy on His part, or a fault on ours • To rejoice in the midst of a misfortune or seeming sadness, knowing that this may work for good, and will, if we are not found lacking • To desire, to pray, and to long for the great object of our hope, the mighty price of our high calling
love • Love does all things that may please the beloved person. It performs all his commandments. “This is love, that we keep His commandments.” Love is obedient. • It does all the intimations and secret significations of his pleasure whom we love • Love gives away all things so that the lover may advance the interest of the beloved person • It suffers all things that are imposed by its beloved, or that can happen for his sake, or that intervene in his service • Love is also impatient of anything that may displease the beloved person, hating all sin as the enemy of its friend.