Verse of the Week - 1 Corinthians 13:13
LOVE - The Greatest
In 1 Corinthians 13, Paul explains to the church of Corinth that faith, hope and even the many gifts of the Holy Spirit, profit us nothing, unless we are clothed with love for each other. He goes on to say, love is patient, kind, it does not envy, nor boast, it does not dishonor others, and is not self-seeking, nor easily angered, and keeps no record of wrong doing.
"Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices in the truth" 1 Corin 6
Love in this context is the choice to be truly devoted to God and to love one another. Love is fulfilling the law, but the same cannot be said of faith and hope.
" For we walk by faith, not by sight." 2 Corinthians 5:7
And we live in hope of the promises of God, of eternal life, through the acceptance of Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour. The bible tells us that God is LOVE and that "We love him, because he first loved us." 1 John 4:19.
Faith and hope, mostly, service only for oneself, but love produces a beautiful service to others, as well as a blessing from God. A Godly love is special, humble and trustworthy. It is nurturing and kind. It has its arm around you that says "Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you; I will uphold you, with My righteous right hand." Isaiah 41:10.
Let Us Pray
"You displayed your love for the whole world, when you gave your only Son Jesus Christ to bear our sins. While we were yet sinners Christ died for us, so that we could be saved. Thank you God for this demonstration of your love and grace towards us."
"Please help me LORD, to be more like Jesus; to learn to be more patient, slow to anger and willing to forgive. Help me to help others, in a spirit of gladness and joy, without complaining. Use my life to enrich the life of someone else's, for your glory."
"Father, I pray for the needs of the vulnerable and for those who are hurting. I pray that you would send help, and a light to their darkness, a smile to their sadness and a strength in their weakness."
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