"the hope which is laid up for you in heaven" +
Familiar trio at the beginning of the Epistle: Faith, Hope and Love.
Faith believes God's promises, including of eternal reward, hence brings hope. It also trusts God's love (we have "believed the love", 1 John 4:16) and so is itself loving in return "We love him, because he first loved us." 1 John 4:19.
Hope trusts God will be faithful in his loving salvation, hence faith and love.
Love "believes all things, hopes all things" (1 Corinthians 13:7).
It's easy to see the essential nature of love. God is love (1 John.) and love is the fulfilling of the moral law "For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself". Galatians 5:14).
But what's so important about hope? It gives us courage to endure. And endurance is essential for any other virtue to bear fruit "that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand". Ephesians 6:13b In the midst of trials, we need to know that suffering and wickedness will not have the final say. Hope purifies our motivations and desires by tearing them away from the temporary and finite and attaching them to the infinite and eternal "And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure".1 John. 3:3. It's very easy when life is relatively comfortable to be satisfied with earthly blessings and forget where ultimate happiness lies. So, hope is needed at every step.
For what do we hope? Justice against sin, mercy towards penitent sinners, including ourselves. Resurrection, healing, the vision of God, beauty, inexpressible joy Link: (Revelations. 20-22).
Shown in a Gothic architectural setting are statues of the personifications of the three theological Virtues: Charity (Love), leading a child and carrying an infant; Faith, holding a cross and chalice; and Hope, with her anchor.