Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
(1 Corinthians 13:13 (NIV))
Have you ever given any thought to this passage and asked yourself why love is the greatest of these?
I realize that 1 Corinthians 13 defines characteristics that we all long to possess, but if you read through it carefully, you realize that these characteristics, no matter how desirable, are useless and meaningless if they are not accompanied by love.
Can we speak eloquently and have hatred in our hearts? Can we possess head knowledge and understanding of God’s Word and what He says will happen and still feel no compassion for those who are not saved? Can we possess a faith in Jesus and still have anger and animosity in our hearts? Is it possible to firmly believe, yet not care for others? Can we claim that we have hope for an eternity with the Lord and still neglect to share Jesus with others?
Each of these scenarios paints a picture of people who truly do possess desirable characteristics, yet, they all lack one crucial aspect.
Love is the manifestation of all that is best. Love places others above yourself. Love is the culmination of the desire to see others lifted up. In essence, love can be defined as putting your faith and your hope into action for the benefit of others.
Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
(John 15:13 (NIV))
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
(John 3:16 (NIV))
To me, this type of love is the result of a mature faith and hope. Has your love matured to this level?