Pentecost +7 - Year C
Faith and Love are evidenced when Hope is alive (verses 4-5). This emphasis practically turns 1 Corinthians 13 around - here the greatest of these is Hope.
Look - Love is the greatest!
Look - Faith is the greatest!
Look - Hope is the greatest!
So Paul expects and prays for the folks at Colossae that they would lead worthy lives, lives lived with joy, patience, and power that reflect their Hope (verse 10).
This Hope is for them tied to that redemptive mercy of forgiveness (verse 14).
Look - Forgiveness is the greatest!
Look - Mercy is the greatest!
Do you still Hope for forgiveness and live in that Hope (not groveling for some rescue, but standing firm that your expected forgiveness will engage and energize your present forgiveness of others even before you experience your own)? Now there is Hope that is still Hope and not a quid pro quo. No wonder Paul, here, claims its greatness.