Conducive: (adj) making a certain situation or outcome likely or possible.
There is a rumor that’s been going around for almost two thousand years–that the three greatest forces on Earth are faith, hope and love.
There have been extravagant attempts to extinguish this trio and replace them with work, money and power, but in the end, there they are–standing tall.
Faith, hope and love.
But there are certain things that are conducive for these three to thrive. If you don’t have them, then it may certainly seem that they’ve gone away, at least for a season.
Faith requires a questioning love. That’s what is conducive to its growth. Questioning because that’s the only way we can put our faith to a true test, to see if it will hold the water necessary to contain the hope we all need.
But faith does not work without love, and I’m talking about the kind of love that appreciates those who launch out and try new things without fear.
Now, hope needs to have a chance to be acted out with a good plan. This is what is conducive to its well-being. Too many committees snuff hope out simply because a cynical spirit refuses to believe that either God or human beings can give their very best in the crunch. I guess we’re stuck with “us” and Him.
Finally, love requires that balance of affection and commitment to be conducive to our real lives. Too much affection and we become overly dependent on the appreciation of others. Too much commitment and we soon forget what it’s like to be inflamed and engorged in passion.
So as you can see, simply extolling faith, hope and love does not help much if we’re not willing to create an atmosphere which is conducive to their breathing.
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