Love is the Greatest Cure

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

Love is the answer to all of life’s ailments.  Think about how you feel when you are loved.  How do you feel when you love someone else? Science shows that love speeds healing. Love releases positive endorphins which make us feel good.  Love causes hard hearts to soften.  Not many can remain angry at a cute puppy or helpless baby, because they love us unconditionally.

Jesus tells us that if we love the Lord our God with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength; and love our neighbor as ourselves then we will keep all of God’s commandments [Mark 12:30-31]. This means that love is a VERY powerful action.

How do we love?  I believe we must rely on God to fill us with love. “We love because He first loved us.” 1 John 4:19 NIV

What is love?  The Bible explains it this way in the book of 1 Corinthians 13:

If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have 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 do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, 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.

Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

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

 Who will you love today?  Who is the hardest person to love?  With whom do you have the greatest to gain, by choosing to love instead of living in anger, fear, resentment, unforgiveness, competition?

Do you want great relationships?  Do you truly want to please God?

Love your neighbor (friend, spouse, ex-spouse, mother-in-law, brother, sister, etc.) as yourself.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. kellyp
    May 06, 2014 @ 22:12:32

    Kimmy, thank you! Lesson learned. Got the message. Loud and clear. Tennis elbow and all. Love you!!!!


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