And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13: 13
Though we are incomplete, God loves us completely. Though we are imperfect, He loves us perfectly. He loves every one of us, even those who are flawed, rejected, awkward, sorrowful, or broken.
Love is the greatest because it requires an object of affection, a recipient. God is a giver, He gave us Himself: God is Love. If we love God, then we can have hope and faith in Him and in people. Jesus summed up the law into 2 golden rules: love God and love people. If we love God then we can love people.
Jesus said, that when we love each other we would show the world that He is God. When we love God we embrace His will by faith and with hope. If we do not love God wholeheartedly, then pleasing Him becomes an option. God’s unchanging, never ending and inexplicable love towards us teaches us what love is. After all, you and I are not perfect. As much as we can try to keep our attitudes under control, our minds on God and our eyes fixed on Jesus… in 24 hours we will all miss the mark. Yet, our God chooses to love us. He died for us even while we were sinners. Jesus Christ didn’t wait for us to change to then love us: He sacrificed Himself despite of us. He teaches us to love others, by how He loves us:
- He gave His life for us, knowing that we may reject Him.
- He forgives and restores us time and time again.
- He has goodwill towards us (He longs to bless and favor us with all that pertains to us).
- His faithfulness towards our own life shows us to help, encourage and comfort others as He has done with us.
- God’s desire is that we mutually love each other and express it amongst ourselves as a family in Christ and extend it to the world! Love doesn’t expect anything in return. Love doesn’t partner up with strife, jealousy or apathy! When you love some you can rejoice and delight in their blessing and breakthrough. Loving someone is not about constantly thinking of them, but to genuinely desire the best for them, with or without you.
The Lord has chosen to love you, and He knows how to love you, specifically. He wants to shows others that He loves them through YOU.
Choose to love your coworkers, church members, friends and family. Love them as God has loved you, despite their flaws and imperfections: love them when they are moody, angry, and even when they offend you.
It is great to have faith, and hope, but it’s much greater to love.
Lord God, thank you for loving us first. Thank you for teaching us to love, and for loving us back to wholeness. Today I pray for those who serve you because they are afraid of hell and Satan: for those who lack mercy and goodwill towards other: I ask you Lord to love them back to wholeness. I ask you also for those who say they love you, but love themselves more: dismissing the voice of the Spirit, and those refusing to share the gospel and those who will not forgive: may your love change their hardened hearts. Lord God, I ask you to draw us back to you, may you be our first love once again. May we yield to your voice, and your consuming fire, permeate all that may block your love from flowing in and through our lives. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.