Saturday, December 24, 2022

Love is the greatest

Broadcast 3525

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1 Corinthians 13:12-13 (NET) For now we see in a mirror indirectly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know in part, but then I will know fully, just as I have been fully known. And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.

When Deola was a little girl, she believed Christmas was magical because of the lights, beautiful music, and holiday cheer. She actually believed Santa was mystical and that the elves were real, but as she grew older, what she appreciated about Christmas changed to more real and enduring things. It was now a time she looked forward to because of the joy, the family reunions, the gifts— the show of love.

What really made Christmas so special was that it was a time of love and goodwill. This was demonstrated in her family through the sacrifices made for the sake of fellowship. Family members traveled great distances just to be with each other that season.

As Deola became older and wiser, many of the things that used to matter to Deola about Christmas no longer did, but what did matter was love.

From today's Bible verses, we can see that what endures beyond this time and age will be the love [in our hearts]. What truly matters is love. When all is said and done, the real test for those who would be with God and inherit his eternal glory will be love. The love you have for God now will never cease to exist, and your love for God will demonstrate that you belong to him and are his heir.

Now, the thing about love is that it is best developed and demonstrated in weakness, not strength. It is proven in harsh weather, not fair weather. We demonstrate our love for God now when it may not look admirable to the world around us, and loving Him may seem to cost us, but those who love the Lord are those who will inherit His kingdom. Remember, "[e]ye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him" 1 Cor 2:9.

Go into today remembering that in the midst of all that is happening in the world today, the things that really matter are the things that demonstrate your love for God.

Prayer: Lord, please help me love you in truth. Deliver me from all entanglements and allurements that seek to steal your love from my heart.
—Abraham Damilola Arigi

Bible In One Year: Ezra 6-10 (In today's audio). Credit: Bible Experience, Zondervan

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