Reflections… a Scripture verse and inspiration for daily living [5/20]

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)

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The River Run Church is affiliated with the International Church of the Nazarene. We are located in the North Central Mission Area of the Maine District.
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2 Responses to Reflections… a Scripture verse and inspiration for daily living [5/20]

  1. saunsea says:

    One thought I had while reading your post was about how we read that “God is Love” in a few different places; whereas, nowhere does it say that “God is faith” or that “God is hope.” I believe that faith, hope, joy, peace, contentment, understanding, etc. come from God. Which is to say, all of those other spiritual realities come from Love.

    • Thanks for your comment. Jesus gave us a new command, which is the basis for the New Testament covenant. We are to love God and love others. Everything good stems from this love. The list of things that you mentioned coming from God looks very similar to the list of the fruit of the Spirit that are referenced in Scripture. Our love of God and His love for us are the basis for our faith and hope. Thanks again for your comment. May God bless you as you focus on Him.

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