“And now these three remain:
faith, hope, and love.
But the greatest of these is love.”
– 1 Corinthians 13:13
Love is the greatest of these.
This is a powerful statement, and one we need to take notice of as we read through Scripture.
Love is clearly very important to God. Love is mentioned over 550 times throughout the Bible. That is quite a few times, and this would lead us to conclude that love is something we should focus in on in our walk with God and in our relationships.
The Scriptures say that love is greater than faith and hope. Let’s take a moment to think about that. We are also told in Scripture that if we have faith the size of a mustard seed, it can move a mountain. We also see that scripture talks about hope by saying “where there is no vision, the people perish.” But, love is greater that these!
Love is greater than faith that can move mountains, and hope that can keep people from perishing!
God is love. And the depths of His unconditional love cannot be described or explained with words on a page. We pray that each of you has a deeper revelation of God’s unconditional love.
We pray that this deep revelation will cause you to live differently.
“Love is patient, love is kind.
It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking,
it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
It always protects, always trusts,
always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails.
But where there are prophecies, they will cease;
where there are tongues, they will be stilled;
where there is knowledge, it will pass away.”
– 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
As we understand the power and depth of the love of God, the way we act and interact with people will begin to change.
Reading through 1 Corinthians 13:4-8, we can begin see the way that love manifests itself. This allows us to have a measure of where we are, and ask the Holy Spirit to lead us and teach us how to act out love in our daily lives.
The world is supposed to know us by the way we love each other.
It is important that we become aware of how we display (or don’t display) love to the world.
It isn’t always easy like the love we see in the movies, but authentic and true love is worth fighting for. Love is a choice, and we can choose to love those around us with the love of Christ. It is important that we begin to show the world the true definition of love. We have the ability to show what unconditional love looks like, and bring hope to people that this love is real.
Ask the Lord how you can show the love of God to someone today!
“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God.
Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.”
– 1 John 4:7