Now these three remain, HOPE…

Worldchangers

Lovely women who are part of the anti-trafficking field and are changing the world

As a christian I have read and listened to 1Corinthians 13 countless times , so much so that I have now committed the entire chapter to memory. I like to recite it and meditate on the meaning while evaluating myself to see if I am walking, working and living in love but that is a post for another day :). At the end of 1Corinthians 13, the author Paul says “…and now these three remain; faith, hope, and love”… my focus is on HOPE today.

Hope is expectation, it is a feeling/desire for something to happen and in the anti-trafficking field, hope is 100% essential. Someone asked me at dinner last week “how do you measure how successful you are in the work that you do?” And the more I think about it even now, the more I realize there is no clear cut answer to it… I take it one day at a time. Even if the women are suffering at the hands of lover-boys and/or pimps, even if they are struggling with depression and are very cranky, if the tourists are driving me nuts with all the leering and disrespect some of them exude, I have hope that things will change.

Hope that things will be better and that miracles will happen. To live without hope is to live in despair; I refuse to despair or give up because I know that things will change for the better! And now these three remain, HOPE being the first.

1 Corinthians 13 New International Version (NIV)

13 If I speak in the tongues[a] of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge,and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,[b] but do not have love, I gain nothing.

4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part,10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

Footnotes:

  1. 1 Corinthians 13:1 Or languages
  2. 1 Corinthians 13:3 Some manuscripts body to the flames
Bible chapter copied from Bible Gateway online.
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