through His Word
Love Is the Greatest
It seems to me that some teachers and speakers in the church today, are trying to push love off to one side. They’re trying to get love to recede into the background and bring some other issue to center stage.
But love is a superstar. It belongs at the center stage of life. Love is why God sent His Son to die on the cross for our sins (John 3:16). Love is what God wants from us, and it’s how He wants us to relate to other people (Mark 12:30-31). Love is the reason for the “do this” commandments and the “don’t do that” commandments, because love fulfills the law (Romans 13:10). Love is how Scripture characterizes the nature of God (1 John 4:8, 16).
Love is the greatest. God says so. In Mark 12:30-31, Jesus said the two greatest commandments are to love God and to love our neighbor. The end of v.31 says: “There is no other commandment greater than these.” None. In the whole counsel of God, love is the greatest. God says so, in 1 Corinthians Chapter 13.
1 Corinthians Ch. 13 Of all the great things that we can do for God and His people, love is the greatest.
v.1-3 These great gifts and sacrifices are nothing without love: speaking with tongues, understanding all knowledge, having faith to remove mountains, giving all your possessions to feed the poor, and dying by fire as a martyr.
v.4-7 Love is great because it behaves in these selfless and honorable ways.
Love receives injuries from others patiently.
Love is good-natured and does good to others.
Love rejoices over others’ success and welfare.
Love doesn’t desire to be noticed above others.
Love is not proud or arrogant.
Love doesn’t behave disrespectfully or indecently.
Love is not selfish.
Love is not easily provoked to anger.
Love is not suspicious of others.
Love doesn’t rejoice when others commit sin or are accused of it.
Love rejoices not in error, falsehood, or deception, but in the truth being accepted, valued, and embraced for eternal and daily life.
Love doesn’t broadcast someone else’s faults or shortcomings.
Love believes the best about people.
Love hopes that other people want the best for one another, or will come to that mindset.
Love takes all difficulties and hardships in stride, and keeps going.
v.8-10 Love and prophecies, tongues, and knowledge help us to know more about God now; the three incomplete aids will cease, but the reality of love and its insights will never fail.
v.11-12 One day we will put away our childish understanding of the best ways to please God and to serve Him and His people, and know perfectly how to do it.
v.13 Love is the greatest way.
Copyright © 2015 by Beebe Kauffman
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