Reflection on 1 Corinthians 13:1-13

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Scripture
And now faith, hope and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.

Observation
I can speak in tongues and prophesy or give all my possessions away. But without love these seemingly godly things are useless.

Love always looks to the other, being patient, kind and bearing all things.

Love is eternal. Prophecies and knowledge will come to an end. Just three things will last- faith, hope and love. Of these the greatest is love.

Application
Everything I do must be done from a place of love for God and love for my neighbour.

Many deeds in the christian life can be done for the glory of the doer. Only those done in love will last.

Paul tells us we can do supernatural or spiritual things such as prophecy, or have faith to move mountains. Unless our hearts are centred on God these things become worthless. So all of our worship, all of our programs, all our work- it’s all without value unless genuine love is at the centre of it.

Prayer
Lord please help me to love you and my neighbours more and more. Amen.

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