The Greatest Gift Of All
The Greatest Gift Of All
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have no love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking it is not easily angered; it keeps no record of wrongs. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. When I became a child, I resoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me,. Now we see but a poor reflection as a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. And now these three remain; faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. (1 Corinthians 13, NIV).
Throughout my life time I have searched for love in all the wrong places as many so desperately do. The need to be loved is so great, yet the mis-perception of what real love is has deceived and continues to deceive multitudes of people everywhere. Life as I have learned over the years is very precious; we have only one life to live. Then why do we continue to selfishly covet things as if they can bring us love?
When I became a born again believer in Christ Jesus, I was taught as many Christians are, that “Faith” is the greatest gift we could possess. For years I prayed, read scriptures that would help me to be a strong woman of faith. Then something changed. The Holy Spirit began to take me on a different journey, one that would require me to love the unlovable, pray for my enemy, as well as love my enemy as I love myself. It made no sense to me. Why would I love my enemy and pray for those who despitefully use and abuse me?” Why would God require such an act? The Apostle Paul when he spoke to the Corinthians was not confused about the power of love. He wrote, “If I have all faith, so that I can remove mountains, and have not love, I am nothing.” (1 Corinthians, 13).
If I have not love, “I am nothing.” Let this sink in for a minute. Paul had learned the truth. To live a Christian life “love” must rule. There comes a time in our Christian life that we must grow towards Gods purpose of Christianity. We must open our hearts and transform our minds. We must seek the truth as Paul did that Jesus did not come to promote religious agendas instead he came “To Bind up the Broken Hearted. To Proclaim Liberty to the Captives. To Comfort all that Mourn. To Give unto them Beauty for Ashes, The Oil of Joy for Mourning. The Garments of Praise for the Spirit of Heaviness” (Isaiah 61). Each time I read Isaiah 61 tears flow from my eyes. I was fortunate to have been given Beauty for Ashes, Joy for Mourning, and liberty for bondage. What about You?
Have you decided to share the gift of love? To embrace it for what it is. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son” (John 3:16). The human heart can’t fathom such a love. For God the Father gave his only begotten son all of himself is poured out into Christ Jesus revealing to us Gods true character manifested through His son. His love for us was revealed when he came to us as in the flesh loving us unconditionally until the end. When we understand our purpose and realize the most important truth that we are children of God, created in the image of God, therefore we must commit ourselves to love as our Father so “graciously” loves us. Then we will be as we should be children of the Most High God.
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