Scripture tells us that the absolute greatest gift there is is love. But these days, it seems you don’t see much love being spread around, especially if you watch TV and the news. Demeaning insults and remarks are the norm and it would seem our newscasters, politicians and late-night TV hosts try to outdo each other in that arena. What happened to kindness, decency and respect? They have been replaced with hatefulness, incivility and disdain. But fortunately, we as Christians, do not have to follow this norm. In fact, we were instructed not to conform to this world that is getting uglier by the day. So it would be a perfect time for a reminder of the great “love” chapter from the Bible. Let’s transform our minds with the Word of God and not with what we see on TV. Let’s be that perfect example for our youth in how to show kindness, respect and graciousness towards one another, even those we disagree with. Let’s be the best influence, the best role models and the best ambassadors for Christ we can be no matter what the world thinks!
3 If I give everything I own to the poor
and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve
gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m
bankrupt without love.
4 Love never gives up.
Love cares more for others than for self.
Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.
Love doesn’t strut,
Doesn’t have a swelled head,
5 Doesn’t force itself on others,
Isn’t always “me first,”
Doesn’t fly off the handle,
Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,
6 Doesn’t revel when others grovel,
Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
7 Puts up with anything,
Trusts God always,
Always looks for the best,
Never looks back, But keeps going to the end.
8 Love never dies.
13…..Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love.
1 Corinthians 13:3-8 & 13 (MSG)