Love is Supreme
Chaplain Deron McDaniel
Princeton Baptist Medical Center
Now abided faith, hope and love but the greatest of these is love.” (1 Corinthians 13:13)
There is nothing quite like love. Love is supreme. Love is the greatest force in the world. Love is strong in building and sustaining. Love is powerful in reconciling and uniting. I like the way the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. defined love. He said love is “creative, redemptive, good will toward men.” That’s a wonderful way to view love. Love seeks the highest good of others. Love is supreme.
The Apostle Paul spoke of the supremacy of love in 1 Corinthians 13:13 when he said “now abided faith, hope and love but the greatest of these is love.” When all the things in which men boast can no longer be experienced, love will remain. “Great as faith and hope are, love is still greater. Faith without love is cold, and hope without love is grim. Love is the fire which kindles faith and it is the light which turns hope into certainty.” This kind of love is unconditional love, God’s kind of love. Love is supreme.
In 1 Corinthians 13:8, the Apostle Paul asserts that this kind of love is so powerful that “love will never fail.” In one of the most tender and lyrical verses of scripture, The Song of Solomon 8:7 sings, “Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it.” The one unconquerable thing is love. When love is entered into, there comes into life a force against which the assaults of time are helpless and which is unconquered even by death. God’s love remains in and with us so we can experience it in spite of the difficulties and challenges we may face at time. That kind of love is supreme. The Apostle Paul asserts in Romans 8:39 “….nothing in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
It is appropriate to conclude then that God created us in love. Perhaps the greatest response we can give for the love we received from God is to love each other. The greatest gift that you can give is the gift of love and acceptance. I’m reminded of Dionne Warwick’s lyrics “What the world needs now is love sweet love, It's the only thing that there's just too little of.” Let’s love in sincerity because love is supreme.
Prayer: Kind and Gracious God, thank you for the constant experience of your unconditional love, even in spite of the challenges and controversies we face at times. Help us to grow in love until we begin to express love and good will toward each other without conditions. Amen.