Paul tells us that faith, hope, and love are the three that remain. The church understands these as “theological virtues” – spiritual habitual traits that come only by the gifting of the Holy Spirit. We can only believe as the Spirit enables. We can only hope as the Spirit enables. We can only love as the Spirit enables.
Jesus gave as an example to follow the man who prayed, “Lord I believe, help my unbelief.”
Taking Jesus and Paul together, we can pray:
Lord I believe, help my unbelief.
Lord I hope, help my despair.
Lord I love, help my indifference and hatred.
Since each is a gift, all we can do is ask and receive. Good thing he gives so freely.