Thursday, February 14, 2013

The Greatest Of These is Love

1 Corinthians 13:13 -- “Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.”
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Happy Valentine’s Day!

This is one of my favorite holidays because it can be so much fun. Putting the mass marketing of little sugar hearts, massive amounts of chocolate (see it’s not all bad) and the tons of different designs of valentines treats for the kids aside, it is ultimately celebrating love.

There is a lot of love in the Bible. God’s love is the greatest love imaginable. His love covers me despite my mistakes and my faults. God wants to save me and be a part of every detail of my life no matter how small.

Those conversational hearts, the cards and even the chocolate (especially if I have anything to do with it) are only temporary. They provide only temporary happiness and then are gone. (Sad but true.) However, God gives us three things that will last forever -- beyond this day, beyond this world; they will last throughout eternity -- Faith, Hope and Love.

Our faith in God is knowing that He wants what is good for us and that He will always provide. Hope in God, that no matter how bleak things look right now that there is something better on the horizon; and the best hope of all, that we will spend eternity with Christ. And then the greatest of all of these is love. Our love for God above all else and our love for our neighbors -- our friends, family, acquaintances, strangers and humanity as a whole -- are God’s greatest commandments.

How are you showing your love today?

Dear Lord,
I hold these truths in my heart. I thank you for the love you showed us to send your son to die for our sins. I lift up any and all who do not know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, that you will touch them. Open my heart to show your love in ways big and small to day and every day.

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