The Greatest Love

Is it possible that the word “love” has been exhausted? Do we read or speak certain words that relate to love, but don’t love with intention or understanding? Almost makes the word love sound like an empty statement or broken promise. 1 Corinthians 13:1 teaches us that people must connect specifically to the love of God in order to live meaningful lives. Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be between two physical individuals. All can connect to love on this day because it is God’s love that brings more meaning to the holiday. God’s love is available to anybody who will open their hearts to him. Unlike The Bachelor on television, God doesn’t line us up, inspect our looks, and reject those who don’t catch his eye or match his personality. That isn’t real love. Some cultural expressions and ideas about love have become so cheap that it is almost impossible to really grasp the true power of God’s love. He knows us all too well. We were all created in his image. He knows  every strength, weakness, sin, and joy that we possess. He strives to save us from ourselves and uses his love to give us all a second chance. God doesn’t profess his love to us in words, but in action. Romans 5:8 says that “God demonstrates his own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” His sacrifice represented the ultimate act of love because it shows God’s Grace. God’s love provided a plan of redemption and salvation for sinful people. It also provided the cross which gave us forgiveness and cleansing. 1 Corinthians 13, though it is mainly used during weddings, actually challenges us to do everything out of love, especially the kind of love that God has shown through Jesus. Love your friends, enemies, neighbors, spouses, children, parents, and strangers with the merciful and selfless love that God has shown us.

1 Corinthians 13:1-13

Davis Benedict

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