August 20 Love Trumps

ImageEsther 8:1-10:3;  1 Corinthians 12:27-13:13;  Psalm 37:1-11;  Proverbs 21:23-24

Like the immature spiritual children they were, the Corinthian Christians compared their “gifts.”  They may have sounded like this:  “I’ve got the gift of tongues!”  “But, hey, I’ve got the gift of faith–I just moved a mountain!”  “Well…my gift of prophecy trumps that.  I KNOW the secrets of the mysteries!”  (They wish….)

St. Paul quiets the “kids” (and us)  and gently tells them (and us)–“And now I will show you the most, excellent way.”  1 Corinthians 12:27

“Love is patient, love is kind.  It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.  Love never fails.”  1 Corinthians 13:4-8

The Giver of this gift–of love–lived love, died love, rose love–for us.  So we, through faith, can live in love–like Him.

Seek Him.  Seek love.  Live the gift He gives!

God’s love trumps all.

Lord Jesus, You are love incarnate.  Your entire life was lived in perfect love.  Whatever you said and did was done in love.  Your love changed lives then, and your love changes lives today.  Forgive us for the many times we have failed to walk in your love; have failed to love you with all our heart, soul, mind and strength; have failed to love our neighbors our ourselves.  May we who have known your love walk in love today.  May the works of our hands and the words of our mouths reflect the life changing love of you, our Lord and Savior.  In your Name we pray, Amen.

“And now these three remain:  Faith, hope and love.  But the greatest of these is love.”  1 Corinthians 13:13

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