“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” - 1 Corinthians 13:13
Some things in life come and go, they are seasonal and they are fleeting. Other things however, are deep rooted and foundational to who we are as people. This verse talks about the three anchors of what it means to be a Christian. These aspects weather the storm, they stand firm in the face of doubt, suffering and opposition. Each of them points us to God and His purposes in the world. Yet this verse upholds love above the other two for some reason.
Faith pleases God and hope gives us expectation for the future - so what is it about love that makes it the most important?
The greatest command in the bible is to love God and to love others – this is the essence of living a life pleasing to God. Jesus said we would be known by our love for one another and the early part of this chapter talks about how our talents and actions are nothing without love at the centre.
Love is exactly what Jesus embodied, it is why He came, it is what He came to represent on earth. Love is the fragrance of heaven and as it permeates our lives, people get access to how God feels about them. It really is the greatest.
Lord, may I reflect today on your love for me. May it sink deep in my heart and transform how I see myself. May You fill my cup, so that it may overflow to those around me? Your love is made to be shared, so may I do that freely today. Amen.
What is a practical way you can demonstrate God’s love for others today? Can you pay for someone’s coffee or tell someone you appreciate him or her? Look for an opportunity to share the love.