Saturday, January 24, 2009
Love, The Greatest Gift Of All
Ok, we left off yesterday with 1 Corinthians 12:31, "But you should truly want to have the greater gifts
Love Is the Greatest Gift
And now I will show you the best way of all."
Love, it seems pretty important to the Christian walk according to Paul. We can do miraculous things for God, but if we do not have love it means nothing. That makes me question myself. Do I have love? Am I a noisy bell or a crashing cymbal in God's ear? Am I nothing to God?
Some days when you read Scripture it really cuts to the bone. I went through a long spell of having stuff surgically removed from my life by the Lord a couple of years ago. I still see God refining me, I'm not perfect yet.
Now we have to look at love.
WOW, love is a lot of things and some of them I am not. I put the things love is in bold so we could see what all love is. Patient and kind...sometimes. Not jealous...most of the time. Does not brag...I guess. Not proud...I think so. Not rude...I guess not. OK, so I don't have a perfect love, but I want to have perfect love. That is what Paul talks about in the very first part of today's reading. We should truly want
to have the greater gift of love. I truly do, don't you? So I believe God can work with that if we do truly want to love as we are suppose to.
Love never ends! Everything else will end, but faith, hope, and love will never end. I am verse 12 today. I see a dim reflection, but I will see clearly. God will reveal how I can have that perfect love Paul talks about in this chapter.
Father God, I pray for myself and all my brothers and sisters reading this today, that you would show us how to love like Paul tells us love is like. When we are impatient and unkind, jealous, proud, rude, selfish, upset with others, keep track of wrongs done to us, take pleasure in evil, not patiently accepting all things, lacking trust, lacking hope, and not enduring; show us how to be more like you and love with a Godly love. Remind us of the love you have for us and then help us show that same love to others around us. Lord, You loved us first. We did not have to be perfect for you to love us. We did not choose to love you first. You were patient and kind to us. You did not count up our wrongs we did to you and throw them in our face. You even sent Your very own Son to die on the cross to wipe out our sins against You. That is how much You loved us. You always trust in us, hope in us, and endure through everything with us. You never give up on us. Lord, You are the perfect picture of love. Help us each day to be just as loving to others as You are to us. In our loving Savior's mighty name I pray.
In God's Love,