15th February 2014

Love is the Greatest Thing 

“There are three things that will last forever—faith, hope and love—and the greatest of these is love…Let love be your highest goal!”
1 Corinthians 13:13; 14:1 (NLT)
 

The scriptures above bring us to the final, quiet conclusion to which the Spirit led Paul in his discussion on God’s incredible love and it is this—love is the greatest of all! It’s not about fanfare; it’s not about blowing bugles, trumpets or other brass instruments; it’s a quiet and gentle conclusion that love is indeed the greatest because God is love. We do not have love in our lives unless we have Him residing within us. 

As you know, Paul wrote this beautiful “Love Chapter” to a Church in the midst of a very evil and sensual society.  The city of Corinth was gaudy, fast and vile, yet rich and influential. A city of about 200,000 free citizens, plus half a million slaves, Corinth represented a lifestyle of loose living.  In fact, the immorality of Corinth became so widely known that the Greek verb korinthiazomai (to “Corinthianize”), was coined to describe a person who lived a loose and immoral life. As I mentioned, in the midst of all of this evil was the little flock that Paul had come to love and care for, and he yearns for them to get back to the ultimate reality of the Christian life which is love. Love needs to be the motivation for all we do as God’s people otherwise other good deeds mean absolutely nothing. 

Jesus was aglow with, surrounded by an aura of, God’s love, He carried it around like a fragrant garment and, as you know, it had a tremendous impact upon all those that He came into contact with. One of the reasons why He made this “giant leap” into flesh was to demonstrate the love of his Father. 

We too have this selfsame mission because this incredible unconditional love is really, really worth sharing along the way! “Live a life filled with love for others, following the example of Christ, who loved you and gave himself as a sacrifice to take away your sins.” (Ephesians 5:2) Our purpose in the family of God is to love each other and to love others, in the same way that Jesus did. It’s no excuse to use the society around us, saying “If they don’t care then why should I care?” Before Paul penned the love chapter he told the Corinthians in Chapter 12:31 (NIV), “And now I will show you the most excellent way.” In other words—love is the answer! 

Prayer
Loving Father, help us to walk in love and to reflect you in every possible way by the indwelling of your Son and by the power of your Spirit, as we come to realise that this is indeed—“the most excellent way.”
Amen
 

Study by Cliff Neill

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cliffneillAbout the Author:
Cliff Neill is an Elder in Grace Communion Church Luton.

Local  Congregation:
Grace Communion Church Luton
Farley Hill Methodist Church
North Drift Way
Farley Hill
LUTON
LU1 5JE

Meeting time:
Saturday 10:30am

Local Congregational Contact:
Harry Sullivan
Phone:  01908-582222
Email: harry_sullivan@wcg.org.uk

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