At Binsted C of E Primary School we believe in the
Christian Values of Faith, Hope and Love.
“But the greatest of these is Love”
1 Corinthians 13 v 13
What is Faith?
“Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see” (Hebrews 11:1). Faith is the substance or assurance of things we hope for, but have not yet received. Faith (confidence, belief, trust) is also our evidence of that which is not seen—the invisible spiritual things.
We practice faith everyday of our lives. When you sit in a chair, you have faith that the chair will hold your body weight. You probably base that faith in the fact that you’ve seen other people sit in the chair or the fact that you’ve sat in other chairs and they haven’t dropped you yet.
Jesus used the illustration that we can’t see the wind, but we know it is there. We see the results of the wind as we see a tree branch waving. God is like that.
What is Hope?
Hope is a universal human phenomenon which sustains people in times of great personal difficulty.
People hope for peace in time of war; for food in time of famine; for justice in time of oppression and this hope can sustain them and give them energy.
Where there is no hope society spirals downwards. For some people, hope is so strong that it inspires self-sacrifice to turn their hope into reality.
Hope is linked with faith and love as one of the three gifts of the Spirit in I Corinthians
Chapter 13 verse 13.
What is Love?
For Christians love is the key Christian value—it lies at the root of all other values. It means respect, affection, benevolence, goodwill and concern for the welfare of the one loved. It is selfless, and means putting others first before oneself.
Jesus’ Golden Rule is,
“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” We should not say or do anything unless we are certain that we are happy the same thing should be done to ourselves. We should also be positive about doing good to others.
I Corinthians chapter 13 verses 4-7: Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.