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Monday, December 30, 2013

"The Greatest of these"

So these three things continue: faith, hope, and love. And the greatest of these is love. 
1 Corinthians 13:13 ERV

1 Corinthians 13, the love chapter. Paul ends this section of his letter to the church at Corinth with this statement. Three things continue: faith , hope and love. Some versions say that these three things abide. I like the simplicity of the easy to read version, these three things continue. We as disciples of Christ must continue in these three things, love being the greatest of all.

The greatest is love! Earlier in his letter he explains what love is and what it is not. Obviously Paul wants his readers to know the importance love in the Lord’s body. Paul also said that love never ends. If it never ends that means we must continue to practice love. Love for one another and love the world.

Love is what reaches people and sustains them. All that we do and say, must come from love. If it doesn’t, it doesn’t serve God’s purpose. If God so loved the world that he gave his son to die for our sins. It goes to show us how important love is to God and his interaction with the world.

So today, let’s let love guide us in our interactions with the world around us. Let us approach every personal interaction with the love of Christ. In doing this we will be sharing the great “gift” there is.

© 2013 Leo J. Woodman