Friday, July 8, 2016
The Greatest Gift
May we be clothed in grace and mercy by loving the unlovable and forgiving the unforgivable.
May we honor God by abiding in the ultimate expression of His righteousness and the greatest gift of all...
"Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.
Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice 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 are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will 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 in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.
And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love."
(1 Corinthians 13)
"In everything, then, do to others as you would have them do to you. For this is the essence of the Law and the prophets."
"A new commandment I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so also you must love one another."
"And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'"
"If you really keep the royal law stated in Scripture, 'Love your neighbor as yourself,' you are doing well."
"Be indebted to no one, except to one another in love, for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the Law."
"The entire Law is fulfilled in a single decree: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'"