Welcome to the  MOHC blog, a daily dose of encouragement from Pastor David Chadwick. 

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What will heaven be like?  Scripture tells us that three virtues that will continue into eternity: faith, hope and love (1 Corinthians 13:13a).  If this is true, shouldn’t we start developing these eternal virtues now?

The second of these everlasting virtues is hope.  Hope and faith are interconnected, as faith is being sure of what we hope for (Hebrews 11:1).  Imagine hope being the anchor of our soul.  Faith is the chain that connects our life’s boat to God’s eternal hope.

Hope must exist in heaven.  Why?  Because there will be a continual longing in our hearts to know our Creator more and more.  Indeed, it will take eternity to fathom the essence of who He is and all He has done for us.

In heaven, we will hope for God’s perfect will to be done - as it is on earth.  We’ll experience heavenly hope fulfilled because we’ll see God face to face.  While on earth, we have only an imperfect understanding of God’s will.  But in heaven, we’ll understand it perfectly for the first time (Hebrews 13:12).  And hope will last forever.

God has a plan for our lives.  He wants us to prosper.  He longs to give us hope and a future of goodness (Jeremiah 29:11).  This is His great desire for His children.

Don’t give in to despair.  If the sun comes up in the morning, there is always hope.

Guess what?  The sun came up this morning.

Prepare for heaven now.  Always have hope! 

  • David Chadwick

What will heaven be like?  Scripture tells us that three virtues will continue into eternity: faith, hope and love (1 Corinthians 13:13a).  Doesn’t it make sense that we should emphasize them on this side of eternity as well?

The first of these everlasting virtues is faith.  Faith is defined only once in the Bible: “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see” (Hebrews 11:1).  In this same chapter, the writer of Hebrews also wrote that without faith it’s impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6).  That must mean both now and forever.

Faith must exist in heaven.  Why?  Because even in eternity we will need to completely depend on our Creator.  To trust His oversight.  To believe His ways are the best ways.  To trust and obey Him in all we do.

Heaven will be filled with all followers of Christ.  We will have to depend on one another while living together in perfect peace and harmony.  There will be no division.  No conflict.  No pain.  Imagine the joy of living a strife-free life.  Only in heaven!  All because everyone there will have perfect faith in the One who gives life and gives it abundantly (John 10:10).

Here are several questions to ponder today: If perfect faith is essential in heaven and for our eternal existence, shouldn’t we start developing it now?  

Jesus asked this poignant question: “When the Son of Man returns, will he find faith on earth?” (Luke 18:8).

When Jesus returns, will He find faith in you?  Total, unabashed dependence and obedience to Him?

  • David Chadwick

In whatever situation you may find yourself, keep trying to love. Choose love. We can count on it - always - because love never fails (1 Corinthians 13:8).

Love is who God is. It conquers hate, bitterness, envy, and strife. Any negative experience you are going through can be counterattacked through love.

Love is the most powerful force in the universe. God’s holiness is what motivated his wrath against us. His love stimulated His incarnation and cross to forgive us.

The hallmark of a Christ-follower is how we love others. Jesus commanded us to love each other in the same way he has loved us (John 13:34). That’s the key.

Ponder how much Jesus has loved us. Consider the cross. His love is willing to die for wretched sinners like you and me.

It’s easy to love likable people. But we’re also commanded by Jesus to love our enemies. And while this is impossible to do in our own strength, it happens supernaturally when Jesus lives within us.

This forgiving love allowed Jesus to love Judas, His betrayer, at the Last Supper. And in the Garden of Gethsemane, He greeted him with a kiss. Until His final breath on the cross, Jesus loved His enemies: “Father, forgive them. They don’t know what they are doing” (Luke 23:34).

Always choose to allow Jesus’s love to flow through you. No matter what situation you may find yourself, love.

That’s because Jesus’s love never fails.