Posts Tagged ‘The Greatest of These’




Perhaps the most quoted Scripture used in wedding ceremony is I Corinthians 13:13, and with good reason—the greatest of these is love.



But what is love? According to Scripture



In layman’s terms, I think the best explanation is that another person’s happiness means more to you than your own. Kindness, encouraging words, biting your tongue when you’d rather make that snarky retort. The Golden Rule.



Laying down our life conjures images of taking a bullet, literally.


But it’s not that only. It’s so much more than that. It’s the little nuances of every day. That last piece of bacon, the movie choice, or dinner preference.



True story. I grew up loathing football. Couldn’t stand it. Then, once upon a time, I was in love with someone who was (and presumably still is) an avid Broncos fan. Rather than go off and do my own thing when he watched football, I sat with him. And then a funny thing began to happen—I grew to enjoy the game. I became a fan, a Broncos fan—because I loved him more than I disliked football. Love does that.



Marriage, love is not 50-50. Love is 100%. All, and there is no nothing. Because if you have whatever else life has to offer, but you don’t have—and give—love, then what do you have, really?




And when you have love? You have everything.



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We’ve got weddings coming up in our family. The first one is in March, but the bridal shower was yesterday. So I thought I’d look at what Father says about love.


1 Corinthians 13 (NIV)

13 If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, 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. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.



Love is not a feeling. Feelings change, feelings are subject to so much outside influence and force. But Father’s love is abiding. It is a decision that sustains the feelings. It is a decision that must be made sometimes daily, sometimes moment by moment.


When we look for the feelings, when we hold onto emotions, that’s when we fall. Emotions are ephemeral, evanescent, fleeting.


But when we make a commitment, a decision to love one person, and when that commitment is a covenant with God, we can know that God and all of heaven will be there to sustain us. Even when the feelings hide, or flee. God never does, and neither does His love.



#Blogwords, Front Porch Fellowship, #FPF, Sunday Devotion, Love Endureth All, The Greatest of These, I Corinthians 13

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