Passage: 1 Corinthians 13:1-13
Verse: 1 Corinthians 13:13b (NIV 2011)
But the greatest of these is love.
Faith, hope, and love… but the greatest of these is love. Think about it! We know how important faith and hope are, but we are told that the greatest of these is love. Earlier in the passage it states, if I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal [v. 1]. Our words mean nothing unless they are motivated by love. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing [v. 2]. Possession of any or all of the spiritual gifts… without love… is of no value. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,but do not have love, I gain nothing [v. 3]. It is a matter of the heart. May our hearts be filled with a Christlike love for others. May our love be expressed in absolute devotion to God. May God’s mercy and grace allow us to experience the love that He intends for us, as His children. (inspired by Reflecting God – Devotions for Holy Living, WordAction Publishing Company)