The verse of the day today is 1 Corinthians 13:13, “now these three remain faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
The greatest is love. How many times have I, personally, put something else above love?
I’ve put truth over love, conviction over love, my preferences over love, especially this past year!
There is so much stuff happening in our world and everything deserves a “stance”. As a pastor, I feel like I constantly have to take a stand about something. All the time. And if, if you don’t take a stand, you, you get sort of baited into taking a stand.
People are asking for a stance. They want a written statement. They want a white paper on everything and you can’t just take a stand because then you have to explain your stance. And you spend all this time talking and mulling over and arguing about a stance. But the scriptures say the greatest way is LOVE.
So many of us have placed our stance over love. We’ve placed our convictions over love. We’ve placed our preferences over love, and I don’t know about you, but I’m continually evaluating me and my life and my spirit walk. And I’m saying, God, show me how to BE LOVE. You know, the greatest act of love ever in the course of human history was when Jesus laid his life down on a cross for you and for I, for our sin.
When we were unlovable, Jesus didn’t think that in order to change our hearts, he needed to take a stand. Jesus never once thought in order to change our hearts, he needed to have deep convictions and express them. No, he had deep convictions and he had a stance, but he chose to lay down his life in love.
And this is how we win the world. This is how we persuade the world to know Christ. It’s through an act of love. Jesus even said it himself. He said the way they’re going to know that you’re my disciples is when you love one another. If we live like Jesus, then we will love like Jesus. We will both love God and love others as deeply as we know how.
So I pray today that you’ll choose the way of love because it is truly the greatest way.