Report on the New Year’s message by Rev. Reingard Knausenberger: FAITH – HOPE – LOVE; What is their relevance in today’s complex world and wherein lies their power to manifest change
by John-Peter Gernaat
These words appear in 1 Corinthians 13.
Hope is connected to our physical body. Our body is the instrument with which we can work in the world. A new baby represents hope for a family. While we are alive we have hope; while there is breath, there is hope. We have no knowledge of what awaits us beyond the threshold of death. Life gives hope for growing and fulfilling our task.
Faith is connected with growth – buds – in some languages. Faith is connected with the astral, the feeling body. We grow where we know. We grow in awareness, knowledge and memory. We motivate ourselves through curiosity and ideals. Faith in my knowledge comes through experience.
Love is connected with the etheric body. It is not connected with feeling, the astral body. Its essence is in the life body. Love has to do with life. The fire of love creates enthusiasm. Hate, anger and cynicism destroy energy. Pure water is an expression of the etheric and is also an expression of love – it is fluid, adaptable, and fills the space it occupies.
How can we live with these words in 2020?
Without love, hope and faith go cold and die. Love carries hope and faith.
Considering the opposites:
The opposite of hope is despair, hopelessness.
The opposite of love is fear and hate. (Fear is a physical expression that weakens us, while hate is a destructive force.)
The opposite of faith is doubt, undermining.
By considering these opposites we get a sense of the reality of love – hope – faith. In overcoming the opposites we can own the quality. We gain strength from the positive.
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