Today we look at the great love chapter, 1 Corinthians 13. One of the most commonly quoted verses from this chapter is 1 Cor 12:13, “And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.” We learn that nothing trumps love. It is the greatest of all things to have. It is more important than wisdom or knowledge, wealth, health, even faith and hope. We learn it is not easily angered, keeps no record of wrongs. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always preserves. (verses 5-7). What is it about love?
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“If I have the gift of prophesy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.” – 1 Cor. 13:2
Is there something that is missing in your life? Do you seem to have everything, but are missing something? Or maybe your life is a total wreck. Whatever the situation is, chances are it’s love in your heart that’s missing. I’m not talking a little bit of love here. I’m talking love for others like the love of the Father for us. Or worse yet, maybe the love that is missing is the love in our hearts for ourselves. We have to love ourselves. Don’t insult God who created you beautiful and amazing and perfect in His image.
Maybe we let ourselves go, mentally, spiritually, or physically, so we are down on ourselves. Fine. That’s in the past. We have to forgive ourselves of whatever we have done wrong and move forward. Today is a new day. We can control what we do today, and moving forward. Love is what should rule our lives. If we are not walking in love, then we are walking outside of God’s Will.
What challenges are you facing today? How will you respond? God loves you. God loves all of His children. Let’s love our neighbor as ourselves. And if we find that we are having difficulty loving others, then we need to do a check-up from the neck-up and see what is going on with us. Whether it’s self love, restlessness, emptiness, or frustration, Jesus is the answer.
Maybe the whole world is going crazy, but that didn’t stop Jesus from loving them. As a matter of fact, it grew his compassion for them. Jesus shows us that it comes down to love. It’s love that’s missing. Let love be our guiding light. Give yourself a gift today. Take time to read the entire chapter of 1 Corinthians 13. It will be the best 5 minutes of your week.
Dear heavenly Father, you are so good. We are overwhelmed by goodness and mercy. Thank you for giving us the blueprints for how we are to live, laugh, and love. We thank you for your Holy Spirit and the power that lives in us. Thank you for giving us the mind of Christ, for all wisdom and knowledge. for truth and understanding, joy and laughter, peace and love. Help us to walk in your Presence Lord, and walk in peace beyond measure, abundance and joy beyond measure, and love beyond measure. Fill us with less of us and more of You Lord. We thank you for all that you have done, and we receive your Promise and your blessings now Lord, in Jesus mighty name. Amen.
Today’s full reading: Numbers 24-27; 1 Corinthians 13
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