1 Corinthians – Chapter 13
Brothers and sisters: Strive eagerly for the greatest spiritual gifts. But I shall show you a still more excellent way. If I speak in human and angelic tongues, but do not have love, I am a resounding gong or a clashing cymbal. And if I have the gift of prophecy, and comprehend all mysteries and all knowledge; if I have all faith so as to move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give away everything I own, and if I hand my body over so that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing. Love is patient, love is kind. It is not jealous, it is not pompous, It is not inflated, it is not rude, it does not seek its own interests, it is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury, it does not rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never fails. If there are prophecies, they will be brought to nothing; if tongues, they will cease; if knowledge, it will be brought to nothing. For we know partially and we prophesy partially, but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. When I was a child, I used to talk as a child, think as a child, reason as a child; when I became a man, I put aside childish things. At present we see indistinctly, as in a mirror, but then face to face. At present I know partially; then I shall know fully, as I am fully known. So faith, hope, love remain, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
If you have read this posting…this far, then LOVE must mean more to you that maybe your first thought. Love is not an occupation, rather… it’s a CONDITION. It’s one that God Himself extended to us as a Gift from the Holy Spirit. It’s not to be taken lightly, abused, or dismissed. The old cliché tells us that….”love makes the world go around.” Which means; the absence of LOVE… “Stops the world from going around.”
Jesus commanded us to “love one another, as we love ourselves.” Matthew 22:36-40 – “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
This Commandment is not a “part-time” commandment, to be used “just when you feel like it,” or as the occasion suggests. Love is, and should be, an is an integral part of our daily life. That would be “all inclusive.” It would include work, play, social, and above all…spiritual. Jesus “requires us” to LOVE 24/7/365. Understood…
“…LOVE is a many SPLENDORED THING…”