Great Love

We can do no great things—only small things with great love. Small things done in great love bring joy and peace, challenge me, and convict me of how far short I fail love.

Mother Teresa

 

Serve one another in love. (Galatians. 5:13)

 

Let us not love with word or tongue but with actions and in truth. (I John 3:18)

 

Love. A word used all through history to express emotions of passion, caring, and compassion. It spans through great romantic stories clear to the delight for a particular color.

I’ve found the word to be a mystery. What is this elusive thing that has caused men to sacrifice their lives for others? The question haunted my mind. I had to try to find understanding.

My conclusion was always that we can have all wisdom and knowledge and understand but without love life is empty. Actually that’s just what I Corinthians chapter thirteen says.

So, I’ll pursue love today, and try to know love more fully. I’ll watch for opportunities to share love.

They say love makes the world go around. I don’t know about that. I do know love makes you feel completely alive. It brings joy, and can hurt terribly.

Turning my heart to knowing God, I found the Word said God is love. (I John 4:8)

Love isn’t just a verb but also a noun whose name is Jesus.

 

A song says, What the world needs now is love sweet love, that’s the only thing that there isn’t plenty of.

I suggest there is enough love in this world. Great Love surrounds us with longing to be known. We just need to receive it and then activate it so we can give it away. We were created to live the great adventure of Love’s fullness, power and glory.

May it be said of us that we did ordinary things with extraordinary love.

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Faith, Hope, & Love (Galatians 5:6)

 

Faith would seem to be the most important virtue to acquire in becoming God’s disciple. Little happens in our Christian life without believing in the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1). We can’t even be saved without faith.

 

You have been saved through faith … (Ephesians 2:8)

 

Faith is required for healing, and has the power to move mountains. We’re even told to pray the prayer of faith. (James 5:13-20)

But hope is powerful too. I’ve worked at missions and seen hopelessness in people’s lives. While ministering to them I knew hope needed to be established in their hearts. What an honor to watch their eyes sparkle as Jesus met them as their Hope. Surely nothing else could be more important than hope. Hope is the anchor of our soul, and faith and love pour from it. (Colossians 1:5)

Yet love is even more powerful as these three abide together.

 

But now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love. (I Corinthians 13:13)

 

Hope establishes a firm foundation so faith and love are free to act. They are always in partnership. So as love for God grows, faith also develops. The same is true as we believe and respond in faith. Love emerges naturally.

 

Faith and love are as a breastplate that is worn for protection.

Let us put on the breastplate of faith and love. (I Thessalonians 5:8)

 

In Song of Solomon the maiden’s breast represent the maturing of her faith and love. They grow together, yet separate.

 

As we allow God to love us and then respond by loving Him there is a supernatural conclusion. Great faith develops.

 

Scripture: I heard of your love and faith, which you have toward the Lord Jesus, and toward the saints. (Philemon 1:5)

 

Prayer: Thank You, Father for giving us faith, hope, and love as the foundation of our life. How could anything be more powerful? Oh Lord, help me not miss one opportunity to share Your awesome life of faith, hope, and love with someone today. Amen