Love Is the Greatest

Chaplain Barbara Embry
Citizens Baptist Medical Center

“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.  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.  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. Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out.  Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.  Prophecy and speaking in unknown languages and special knowledge will become useless. But love will last forever! Now our knowledge is partial and incomplete, and even the gift of prophecy reveals only part of the whole picture! But when the time of perfection comes, these partial things will become useless.  When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things.  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. Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.” (1 Corinthians 13, NLT)

This chapter is a wonderful rendering of what love is and how it supersedes other gifts. No matter the gift we possess, love causes it to be perfected and effective in the lives of God’s people.  Paul gives us clear definition and Scriptures allows us to know that by loving others, people will recognize us as His children.  I want to share with you from “The Jesus Calling Devotional Bible”, just a couple of readings from “Intimacy with Him”.  From these, you are able to feel the love of God with a personal intimate touch.  We need to feel His love in a special sense from time to time and I believe with these The Father will invade your space and soul.

“Bring Me the sacrifice of your time; a most precious commodity.  In this action addicted world, few of My children take time to sit quietly in My Presence.  But for those who do, blessings flow like streams of living water.  I, the One from whom all blessings flow, am also blessed by our time together.  This is a deep mystery; do not try to fathom it.  Instead glorify Me by delighting in Me.  Enjoy Me now and forever.”

Psalm 21:6; John 7:38; Psalm 103:11

“Come to Me for your understanding, since I know you far better than you know yourself.  I comprehend you in all complexity; no detail of your life is hidden from Me.  I view you through eyes of grace, so don’t be afraid of my intimate awareness. Allow the Light of My healing Presence to shine into the deepest recesses of your being, cleansing, healing, refreshing, and renewing you.  Trust me enough to accept the full forgiveness that I offer you continually.  This great gift, which cost Me My Life, is yours for all eternity.  Forgiveness is at the very core of My abiding Presence.  I will never leave you or forsake you.

When no one else seen to understand you, simply draw closer to Me.  Rejoice in the One who understands you completely and loves you perfectly.  As I fill you with My love, you become a reservoir of love, overflowing into the lives of other people. 

Psalm 139:1-4; 2 Corinthians 1:21, 22 Joshua 1:5

Prayer: Father we are grateful for Your love that overflow in us.  Truly You did love us first and now we are able to love others.  We are grate for the times your speak volumes into our spirits through Your Holy Spirit and through Your Holy Scriptures.  We will always give and You give to us.  Bless us we pray in the name of Jesus, our Christ.  Amen!

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