Monday, December 11, 2017

Love Is An Action

In review of 1 Corinthians 13:13 it says, “Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.”

Bottom Line:
Three things last, faith, hope and love. Love being the greatest.

What this means to me:
I am told that three things will last forever: faith, hope and love, the greatest being love.

In 1 Corinthians 13, Paul tells us that love is more important than all the spiritual gifts exercised in the church body. Great faith, acts of dedication or sacrifice, and miracle-working power produce very little without love. Love makes my actions and gifts useful. Although each of us may have different gifts, love is available to everyone.

God's kind of love is directed toward others, not inward toward myself. It is utterly unselfish. This kind of love goes against my natural inclinations. It is impossible to have this love unless God helps me set aside my own natural desires so that I can love and not expect anything in return. Thus, the more I become like Christ, the more love we will show to others.

Paul wrote that love endures forever. In morally corrupt Corinth, love had  become a mixed-up term with little meaning. I think that today, people are still confused about love. Love is the greatest of all human qualities and is an attribute of God himself. Love involves unselfish service to others. Faith is the foundation and content of God's message; hope is the attitude and focus; love is action. When faith and hope are in line, I am free to love completely because I understand how God loves. I need to ask myself, is my faith fully expressing itself in loving others?

God have given me three great treasures: faith, hope and love. Hope is God’s gift to every Believer. Whatever I place my hope in will determine the validity of it. Is my hope in God? Or is it in the things of this World?

Have faith in God, the greatest Source of hope when the going gets rough. Above all, share the love of Christ with those around me. Love my neighbor as myself. God loved me so much that He sent His only Son to die in my place. Don’t keep it to myself, give it away! There is not greater love!