Posts Tagged ‘I Corinthians 13’

Last Friday night I had a great conversation with a friend about love. I’ve been pondering it on and off since then. I think it’s the sort of thing that somehow gets filed away in my mind as a known entity: Love – most important thing, check, now on to other priorities…I hope I’m not really so casual with my dismissal but I think, as a principle, I often unintentionally relegate it to the back burner.

But it is the most important thing, so I love taking time out to meditate on that fact.

A few favorite verses on love:

Jesus replied: “‘LOVE the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘LOVE your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”  ~ Matthew 22:37-40

And now these three remain: faith, hope and LOVE. But the greatest of these is LOVE.  ~ I Corinthians 13:13

Dear children, let us not LOVE with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.  ~ I John 3:18

Above all, LOVE each other deeply, because LOVE covers over a multitude of sins.  ~ I Peter 4:8

Do everything in LOVE.  ~ I Corinthians 16:14

The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through LOVE.  ~ Galatians 5:6b

Love God and love others – everything hangs on this. Above all, love each other deeply. It’s the only thing that counts. If I don’t have love I am nothing, and all my actions are in vain (I Corinthians 13:1-3).

Sometimes I like to read slowly through the famous love passage in I Corinthians 13. It’s thrown around so often it’s almost clichéd, but if you consider it carefully it’s mind-blowing:

Love…is patient, kind, does not envy, does not boast, is not proud, is not rude, is not self-seeking, is not easily angered, keeps no record of wrongs, does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth, always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres, never fails.

Pick any one of those attributes and you can mull over it for hours. Put it in your pocket and carry it with you throughout the day and see if it doesn’t take your interactions with others to a whole new level.

After Friday’s conversation I dug up a quote from a book by Heidi and Rolland Baker. It’s called Expecting Miracles (and it does share a bit of the supernatural), but the overwhelming message it impressed upon me was the importance of love.

“…God is saying, ‘See!’ He wants to impart His heart to you in such a way that you become full of His passion. He wants you to be so full of His love that nobody can stop you from being compassionate to every person who crosses your path every day of your life.”

How are we demonstrating love? Are we loving lavishly or only where it’s comfortable? Are we loving only with our words or also with our actions? Are we loving others deeply? In the dust and grind of our daily lives are we pouring out love to the people whose paths cross ours…at work, at the grocery store, on the street, at home? Are we making love our top priority?

Above all…everything hangs on this…the only thing that counts…LOVE.

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