Monday, 14 March 2011
Love is the Greatest
Looking at images and video clips this morning showing the dreadful devastation from thy earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan, my heart breaks when I see it. I wonder why? Why do these things happen? I think that my questions are valid but I need to know that I may never understand why? All I do know is that I can help ease the pain that is being felt by a nation by doing a couple of things. Firstly and I think most important, I can pray. This is more powerful than all the money in the world. But secondly I can give money to help meet the initial physical need. Food, shelter etc.
After posting a link to some before and after shots of Japan this morning on Facebook, a great friend of mine drew my attention to 1 Corinthians 13. This absolutely sums up for me what I need in my life living as a follower of Jesus. All the works and faith in the world are completely useless unless I have LOVE.
Today I want to make sure I show Love and live Love in a new way. I know that this Love that paul talks about is only possible through knowing Jesus in a personal relationship. If you want it, get to know him today. Just Pray and talk to Him.
Love Is the Greatest
1 If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn't love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God's secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn't love others, I would be nothing. 3 If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn't love others, I would have gained nothing.
4 Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud 5 or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. 6 It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. 7 Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.
8 Prophecy and speaking in unknown languages and special knowledge will become useless. But love will last forever! 9 Now our knowledge is partial and incomplete, and even the gift of prophecy reveals only part of the whole picture! 10 But when the time of perfection comes, these partial things will become useless.
11 When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things. 12 Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.
13 Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.