The Greatest of These
But now abide faith, hope, love, these three;
but the greatest of these is love.
1 Corinthians 13:13 NASB
We are commanded (not advised, not encouraged ...commanded!) to love one another just as Christ loved us (see John 13:34). The beautiful words of 1st Corinthians 13 remind us that love is God's commandment: Faith is important, of course. So, too, is hope. But, love is more important still. That's a tall order, but as Christians, we are obligated to follow it.
Christ showed His love for us on the cross, and we are called upon to return Christ's love by sharing it. Today, let us spread Christ's love to families, friends, and even strangers, so that through us, others might come to know Him.
The cross symbolizes a cosmic as well as a historic truth. Love conquers the world, but its victory is not an easy one.
You can be sure you are abiding in Christ if you are able to have a Christlike love toward the people that irritate you the most.
Suppose that I understand the Bible. And, suppose that I am the greatest preacher who ever lived! The Apostle Paul wrote that unless I have love, "I am nothing."
Christian love, either towards God or towards man, is an affair of the will.
C. S. Lewis
Lord, love is Your commandment. Help me always to remember that the gift of love is a precious gift indeed. Let me nurture love and treasure it, today and forever. Amen