A Key Statement ~ “And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love” (1 Corinthians 13:13).
Abound in Faith ~ “So we urged Titus, that as he had begun, so he would also complete this grace [abundant giving] in you as well. But as you abound in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all diligence, and in your love for us—see that you abound in this grace also [generosity]” (2 Corinthians 8:6-7).
Abound in Hope ~ “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:13).
Abound in Love ~ “And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ, being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God” (Philippians 1:9-11).
The Result ~ “And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound in every good work” (2 Corinthians 9:8-9).
Important Comment ~ A correct understanding of the Bible clearly shows that good works have absolutely nothing to do with becoming a child of God. However, good works are the normal (not necessarily the average) result of becoming a child of God. “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:8-10).
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