"...Love suffers long, and is kind; love envies not; love vaunts not itself, is not puffed up, doth not behave itself unseemly, seek not her own, is not easily provoked, thinks no evil; rejoices not in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; Bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails; but whether there be prophesies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease, whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part; But when that which is Perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face; now I know in part; but then shall I know even as I also am known. And now abide Faith, Hope, and Love, these three; but the greatest of these is Love.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-13
Without love, there is nothing … There is nothing, without love.
I am convinced that pure love conquers all, heals all, prevents all, and saves all. It knows all, discerns all, creates all, perceives all, teaches all, finds all, reveals all, identifies all, and so on. It is the remedy for everything, and without it, there is nothing and nothingness. It is the reason we believe God is Love. Nothing can exist without it. No human, animal, vegetable, flora, fauna, or fish. It is not only God’s love for us, or our love for Him; it is the encompassing and extension of our love to others. As God’s Ultimate Gift, it is the greatest thing He imparted to us, and it continues to keep us in accord with Him, whether we believe or not.
As humanity, we cannot function without it. When we find it missing at the youngest stages of life, it manifests as wicked pathologies and dysfunctions that disable future adults from the basics of a common humanity most of us take for granted. And, if it is still not discovered into adulthood, the mind finds ways of creating “love,” often, to the destruction of itself or others.
We search for it,—yearn for it, and eagerly find ways of capturing even the most minuscule traces of it in others. We will give up our lives for it; and we will save the lives of others because of it. It heals our hearts and replenishes our souls. What else could it be, but from God? It is not physical love, but it can be. It is not romantic love, but it can be. It is a thing so massive, both its depth and breadth is unimaginable. And yet, even the most minuscule unseen bit, once offered, can propel us to greatness. Imagine. ...It lives long after we have died and continues to work long after we have lived. What else could it be, but of God.
In this new year why not move your life in the direction of finding out more about it? Not to garner more of God’s Gift from others to yourself, but to offer more of it to others—for yourself.
Change to Love—you’ll change your life.
Change your life —You will change the world. L.
Study Reference: 1 Corinthians 13:4-13 *(The Gideon King James Bible)
From: "Love." In The Master's Hands: 365 Daily Devotions For Everyday Living.
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