1 Corinthians 13:11-13 (ESV)
“When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known. So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”
“So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”
It sure is interesting that this chapter comes down to three components of the Christian life; faith, hope and love. Following Jesus happens when we by faith surrender to the love of God and His free-gift of life and forgiveness of our sins through Jesus sacrifice on the cross, which in turns gives us an amazing hope. Have you ever considered that in time, faith the way we have it on earth, will no longer be needed?
That’s right. We have faith in the Lord although we cannot see Him, but one day we will see Him “face to face.” So, in that case our faith will be made sight. Have you also considered that one day hope will not be needed? Biblical hope is an eager and confident expectation for what God has promised. It’s not just 4 wishful thinking. But one day, we will no longer have to have an expectation because all that God has promised will be a reality. So, faith and hope will pass away just like other things we learned about earlier in this study. So, what about love? Well we’ve learned that love is tied to who God is. It is eternal. So, while faith and hope are foundations of our experience as believers, love is the greatest because in time our faith will be sight and our hope fulfilled, but love will remain forever.
This makes love the greatest of all. So, love begins and remains with God as a never-ending circle. Love comes from God to us, from us to others and back to God just to begin the journey again. God wants us to not just receive His love but to spread it and pass it on. His eye is not on what we achieve, He notices how we love.
God is not keeping score with our bank accounts, our trophies, or what people are saying about us. The only thing that matters is how we spend our love.
Crazy love is all about the boldness to love others. Those close to us, those far from us, the loveable and the unlovable. So, who in your life deserves love the least from you? Could it be that they are the ones who need it the most?
Will you do as God has done for you and love them by showing them love through obvious loving actions and attitudes?
Is there an attitude or belief that is keeping you from experiencing God’s amazing love? Is it a control thing, or an impatience? How about today telling God that you’re sorry for this disbelief and lack of trust and receive His full love for you today and trust Him for all things.
God, who am I to not love others because of what they’ve done to me when You have shown amazing love to me regardless of what I’ve done to You? Forgive me for times that I’ve chosen to love others based on their actions and not based on their value as another needy and imperfect human. Lord, help me today to express love to those who need it the most. In Jesus name