Esther 8:1-10:3 / 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 / Psalm 37:1-11 / Proverbs 21:23-24

Standout verse:1 Corinthians 13:1 & 13

“Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become a sounding brass or a clanging symbol.  (V.13) And now abide, faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”

This chapter is completely focused on the great importance of loving others – THE SECOND GREATEST COMMANDMENT.  The world we live in directly opposes this and tries to shape our thinking to be otherwise, telling us, “as long as we look like we’re being loving we are good”.  We’ve become used to living with SELF in the center and are consumed with “getting and taking” rather than “giving and loving”.

God tells us that no matter how “spiritually” educated we are, no matter how our “church resume” looks, no matter how many things we volunteer for, if we aren’t LOVING PEOPLE WELL and serving them, we are missing the boat…it adds up to nothing.  In fact, it’s confusing to those around us.

THE GREATEST COMMANDMENT IS TO LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL OF YOUR HEART, SOUL, MIND AND STRENGTH. If we are engaged in that KEY relationship with Him, there will be a natural outflowing of authentic love, compassion and a concern for the well-being of others. We won’t have to try to drum it up or strive to keep it going, it will just come!

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