The Greatest of These is Love

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The Greatest of These is Love

Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. — 1 Corinthians 13:6 (NIV)

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

All the fruits of the Spirit . . . are summed up in charity, or Christian love; because this is the sum of all grace. ~ Jonathan Edwards

Some Scripture is so clear it needs no interpretation or comment! Take a moment to prayerfully read through the famous “love chapter” from the apostle Paul:

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

Prayer for today: Dear God, thank You for all the talents and gifts You have given me. But thank You most of all for love. Help love to grow in me every day. Amen.

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Your Turn: It may be challenging for Christians to admit to delighting in evil and yet we do. Can you think of a circumstance when you felt glee about someone else’s trouble? Can you think of a situation when you celebrated the truth being revealed? Please share your thoughts in the section on our blog.  ~ Devotionals Daily

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