21st & 22nd February
“Three things will last forever –Faith, Hope and Love – And the greatest of these is love.”
1 Corinthians 13:13
There is no thing more persistent, faithful, committed, and everlasting than the love of Jesus Christ. It is so encouraging to know, that even though our world may crumble around us and disaster hit on every side, we have a constant to steady our ship and to guarantee that in complete hopelessness and despair, Christ’s love is always there.
Yet just receiving and abiding in God’s love for us, is meaningless unless we share that love. In John’s gospel, in chapter 15, Jesus encourages His disciples with these words “This is My commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you. There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” Jesus, in the greatest act of love mankind has ever seen, laid down His life for the entire world. It wasn’t temporary and it wasn’t a one off act, it was forever. His commitment to us is forever; it is everlasting. That is why when everything else fails and ends, His love will last forever.
If we have been set the greatest example of love, then we should have enough of an idea to know how to love others with the same love we have received. Notice what Jesus says in John 15 “Love each other in THE SAME WAY I have loved”. Quite simply if you haven’t received or accepted God’s love for yourself, you won’t be able to love others either. Today’s challenge is to receive Christ’s love for yourself and when you have, share it with others. Faith, Hope and Love will last forever, so we should use our time wisely to get better at them.