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but the greatest of these is love

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Faith. Hope. Love.

These are the three things that the book of 1 Corinthians tells us we have, and the greatest of them is love.

Our human nature has tarnished the meaning of love and belittled it to a simple adjective we would use to describe our feelings towards our favorite ice cream or movie.

Biblical love takes things to a whole other level and shows us an entirely different mindset that goes against our human nature.

“Love is patient. Love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, is it not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, 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.” -1 Corinthians 13:4-8

The current events of our country, and the world in general are lacking a Christ-like love.

When God so fearfully and wonderfully made us, He gave us qualities and gifts that would make us unique. Our God is so creative and passionate about us that He made no two people on this earth exactly alike. Which is so cool, but also means there is no one else on this planet who will see eye to eye with you on every topic. Imagine how boring the world would be if He had not given us our sense of independence and forming our own opinions.

Apart we are unique and can accomplish nothing on our own; together we are the body of Christ. He calls for the body to be unified while remaining different. 1 Corinthians 12:25-27 tells us that, “So there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.”

Each body part is different but they must work together to accomplish anything. We are made uniquely, but our unity is important.

I am a Republican. I am a feminist. I am pro-life.

…But first and foremost, I am a follower of Christ.

His greatest commandment was that I love all people, not just the ones I agree with.

“But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven.” –Matthew 5:44

God tells us that even the worst people can love those who love them back, the challenge comes when we have to extend grace to the people who are out to hurt us, break us, and demean us. We are rarely given such an amazing opportunity to reflect the love of Christ as we are when we turn the other cheek.

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” –John 13:34-35

Arguing changes nothing but the way we treat people changes everything. Looking at how people treat others with differing opinions helps us identify those who are walking in the love of Christ.

We are called to WALK in love. Walk is an action. We are called to demonstrate our love through our actions, not just talk about it.

“And this is love: that we walk in obedience to His commands. As you have heard from the beginning, His command is that you walk in love.” -2 John 1:6

I’m not afraid for the future of our country; I’m hopeful.

 My hope isn’t found in any man-made institution, government, or political leader. My hope is found in something higher. I know that the government is upon HIS shoulders (Isaiah 9:6).

“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear…” -1 John 4:18

People are searching for something to be a part of, something to fill a void in their lives, or something bigger than themselves. Being passionate about topics and current issues is a wonderful thing, but until we accept the perfect love Jesus Christ has offered us no political party, protest group, or movement will ever fulfill that longing in our hearts.

He wants to give you more. He wants to cast out fear. He wants to give you a hope, faith, and above all, love.

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4 thoughts on “but the greatest of these is love

  1. I’ll never forget the words of Pastor Leonce at Renovation church, when he said, “Your vertical means little if your horizontal is nothing.” We must love unconditionally to the people around us like he does for us, and that’s not the easiest thing to do.

    Thank you for writing Ashton!

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