And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.
The dictionary defines love as an intense feeling of deep affection. But the Bible tells us that love is much more than a feeling, it’s the most important and greatest virtue of all. Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.
We’re not perfect and there are going to be times when we disagree or have conflict but love fights fair and it doesn’t keep score. It doesn’t bring up the past and it doesn’t use the past to purposefully hurt each other. Love listens before speaking, is gentle and fair. Love tries to understand and love forgives.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
No one is perfect and everyone has faults and quirks, but when we show genuine love and patience we overlook the things that frustrate and possibly even annoy us. When we are patient and kind we try our best to focus on the wonderful qualities of the people we love. Just like our heavenly Father is patient with us we should also be patient with those we love.
Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous. Be strong.
We are fighting a spiritual battle every day and we never know what the new day will bring. We always need to be vigilant, on guard, standing firm in our beliefs, being brave and courageous each day. Start each day with prayer asking God to give you courage and strength to face whatever comes your way today and every day.
My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power.
It’s not always about the words we use when we try to tell people about Jesus that matters. It’s often about the way we live for God that makes the most difference. Sometimes actions do speak louder than words. Whether you know it or not, people are watching you and they see the changes in you that only Christ can make.
Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.
Keep doing what the Lord has called you to do and do it with all of your heart. God will equip you and strengthen you to accomplish your purpose. The Lord sees everything you do and he won’t forget the love you demonstrate to his people, nothing you do for him is a waste of time or effort.
So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.
God has given you gifts specific to the purpose he has for you. Your job is to figure out what you are passionate about and how to use those gifts to bless the world around you. Your goal should be to use up every bit of your gift so that the Lord is glorified.