The Greatest of These

As we come to the close of another February I felt the following passage was incredibly apropos to a month where love is the key subject.  For those of you who are not familiar with scripture (the Bible) I want to provide the following.  It rings so loud and clear the truth of the whole subject of love.

“If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not 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 have not love, I am nothing.  If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.  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.”  1 Corinthians 13:1-7.

I love this piece of scripture becomes it so bottomlines the real truth of life.  We can be the greatest of achievers in life–masters of our lives–executives, princes, lawyers, doctors, successful entrepreneurs, actors, pastors—whatever, but if we do not love our fellowman we are nothing.

Acts of greatness, be they in life’s contributions or in charitable acts are only deeds for self-satisfaction if we cannot honestly say we love all mankind.  This is the hardest challenge God has put before us.  Loving those that are not like us.  Loving those that wish to harm us.  Loving those that appear to be unlovable.  This is the daily challenge we live with everyday of our lives.  To learn to love all others.  This mean not judging another when they don’t meet our standard.  It means providing selflessly when we know someone can use a helping hand.  It means forgiving those that have hurt us in the past or continue to hurt us in the present.  This is not an easy commandment that God has laid for us to follow.  It is a struggle for most.  But if our intention is to try and be the most loving we can be then we are walking in the right direction. 

One last word of advise…. don’t beat yourself up if you stumble and fall at this loving business.  Pick yourself up and keeping trying.  This is a life-long journey after all.

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

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