“There are three things that endure – faith, hope and love – and the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:13
Today is wholly devoted to the praise of love. The first three verses of 1 Corinthians 13 speak of the absolute necessity of love as the chief thing in our religion.
“If I could speak in any language in heaven or on earth. . . if I had the gift of prophesy . . . if I had the gift of faith so that I could speak to a mountain and make it move . . . if I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body . . . but if I didn’t love others” then, three times repeated, “I would only be making meaningless noise like a loud gong or a clanging cymbal . . . what good would I be? . . . I would be of no value whatsoever.” If I have not love, I am of no value.
There are fifteen things said about love, but one sentence sums up its whole nature: “It does not demand its own way” (verse 5). And again: ‘Love will last forever” (verse 8). Prophesies, unknown languages, and knowledge shall vanish away. Even faith and hope shall be changed into sight. But love lasts forever.
“Love does not demand its own way.” Think and pray about this.
“Love will last forever” Consider all that means.
“The greatest of these is love.” Let this love rule in your life.
God is love. ‘God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them: 1 John 4:16
Let your heart be filled with love so that, by God’s almighty power, you may be a witness to the transforming power of love. Then you will be a blessing to all around you.
By Andrew Murray
Used by Permission
From: ‘Teach Me to Pray‘, published by Barbour Publishing, Inc.
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