Three paths to happiness are faith, hope and love. Faith, hope and love are three spiritual gifts of the Holy Spirit. These gifts function as a system, directing God’s divine works, which come to fruition through Christians.
“So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” –1 Corinthians 13:13
Faith acknowledges the righteousness of God. Mercy pours forth from the righteousness of God. Due to our sinful nature, mercy is necessary and Jesus made the ultimate display of mercy but giving up His life to save ours.
“1 But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— 22 the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. 26 It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.” –Romans 3:21-26
Love is seeking the highest good for another with no requirement of benefit on your part. In Christianity, God’s love is similar in that all graces granted to Christians will only be for their betterment. Love is a virtue that needs to be learned; due to humanity’s inclination towards the ego and selfishness.
"Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God."-1 John 4:7-16
Hope is finding enjoyment in the present of the future and continuous fulfillment of the promises of God. Hope brings faith and love together and requires the presence of these two virtues.
“23 And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.” –Romans 8:23-25
Faith, love and hope acknowledge the presence of God and gives glory to God’s divinity.