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When all else has passed away, faith, hope, and love will remain (1 Corinthians 13:13). Faith, hope, and love are the essence of our belief in God. They are the underpinnings of all Christianity is meant to be. On a personal level, they are the glue holding our lives together. Take any one of the three out of the equation, and things begin to unravel. Together, they are the anchor of our soul.

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Without faith, hope, and love it would be impossible to please God or serve others. Without faith, hope, and love we could never know or understand God. While the apostle Paul singles out love as being the most important of the three, I submit without faith and hope, you could never have love in the first place.

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In Philippians 4:8, Paul instructed the church to think beautiful thoughts. He encouraged them to think about whatever is true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable, of moral excellence, and worthy of praise. How often are our thoughts centered on things like these? I confess my own mind is not naturally inclined to go to such places. I will also tell you when I do think of such things, my mood improves dramatically.

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Such thoughts are a natural tonic and trigger the endorphin rush we all crave. When we dwell on dreadful things, our mood sours and our hearts darken. The question we must then ask is, why do we not spend our days thinking beautiful thoughts?

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There’s a part of me that wants to believe that followers of Jesus should never have to deal with feelings of depression or despair. After all, the Creator of the Universe gave up His only Son just so we could live. He promises to heal our afflictions and rejoices in the fact that we will spend eternity with Him. He is the giver of all good things and loves us without limits or conditions. How could we ever get down on life? Having accepted Christ, we understand that the good news isn’t just good, it’s great! The reality is that we live in a broken world and generations of sin and abuse have left our minds in less than perfect working order. Add to this the fact that Satan delights in attacking us every waking moment of our lives and the unfortunate result is that we are sometimes overcome with despair.

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