Love is the Answer
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. (1 Corinthians 13:13)
To Paul, love meant everything. For proof, look at 1 Corinthians 13. Love is more important than speaking in tongues or giving all that you have to the poor, or even having the faith to move mountains. As impressive as these may be, if they are done without love, they are meaningless; just a bunch of noise makers. Of the three things that will remain – faith, hope and love – love tops the list.
It holds that top position because it is the very nature and character of God. He is the source. If love flows through us, it has to come from Him. It is not something we can produce through human effort or legalistic obedience. Love is the fruit of the Spirit. It is evidence that we have been born again and indwelt by the resurrected life of Christ. John puts it this way, “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God” (1 John 4:7 ESV).
Paul paints a detailed picture of what love looks like. It is patient, kind, and never easily angered. Love does not keep records of wrongs, it does not delight in evil, and it always rejoices in truth. Love protects, trusts and hopes the best. Love perseveres.
Revel in how God loves you. This love never fails. This love is perfect. This love means everything.
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