Whom do you love?
Today’s reading is one of the most well known in the whole of the Bible. It includes a passage which is often used in marriage services. It is all about love – this wonderful pair of experiences which we can share – to love someone and to be loved by someone. There are many different loving relationships which we can share – between couples, between parents & children, between brothers & sisters, between close friends, and of course between God & us. God teaches us that there is also Christian love and with this he wants us to love one another, to love our neighbour, to love everyone – even our enemies. In fact, he tells us, all of the rules and regulations of living a good life can all be boiled down to two – love God and love one another. In other words, if everything we say, think & do is motivated by love then it will be good! Moreover Paul explains to the Corinthians (and us) that anything not motivated by love is meaningless:-
- If we could speak every language on Earth but didn’t love others then we’d just be a source of noise!
- If we could prophesy and know everything there is to know and have faith to move mountains but didn’t love others then we’d be nothing!
- If we gave away all that we owned and even our lives but didn’t love others then we’d gain nothing!
So what is love – well the passage says it all:-
4 Love is kind and patient, never jealous, boastful, proud, or 5 rude. Love isn’t selfish or quick tempered. It doesn’t keep a record of wrongs that others do. 6 Love rejoices in the truth, but not in evil. 7 Love is always supportive, loyal, hopeful, and trusting. 8 Love never fails!
There are three awesome gifts we can share in life – faith, hope, and love. But of these three, the greatest is love.
Dear Lord, we thank you for the precious gift of love – which makes our lives worthwhile. We thank you that you love us – help us to love each other.
Over the next few days, practise loving others, especially those who seem most unloveable. Let your love for others guide how you treat them.