The Greatest Gift
Today’s scripture selection: First Corinthians 13-14
Key verses: First Corinthians 13:13b
“And the greatest of these is love.”
Faith – without it we would be doomed to believe only in what we can see, touch, or taste.
Hope – without it we would be destined to a life of despair.
Love – without it – well, without it, life would be cold and dark indeed.
So it’s no surprise that the apostle Paul wrote so eloquently and passionately about these three spiritual gifts.
He wanted his readers and fellow Christians to know that no matter what the present circumstances of their lives – with faith, hope, and love – they could be conquerors.
He also wanted them to know that these were not just pretty words – not just ideals. He was talking about real action with real results.
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, 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.”
Now – to those who have been burned in relationships – those who have been disappointed in love – that may just sound like a lot of nice, flowery, sentimental, hogwash.
But I believe Paul knew from experience that love could be, must be, all of those things.
Love is an action. It’s something we do even when we don’t “feel” like it. It calls us to be better than we think we are capable of being – even in the worst of situations.
That’s why it’s the greatest gift we can give – or receive – in life.
Prayer: Lord, strengthen my spirit that I may keep the faith; live in expectant hope; and love deeply. AMEN.