What about Ali? Is he the greatest? He sure told everyone he was! I sorta pulled that one outta left field didn’t I? LOL Actually in boxing, in his day, he was the best. Now that you think about it…he said things that were not as though they were and then…he got in the ring and proved he was right. Kinda reminds me of faith….now back to the lesson at hand…
Faith Hope and Love and the greatest of these is love
. What makes love the greatest? The answer lies in God. God is not faith…God is not hope…Love is the greatest because God is love. Love is the reason for God sending his son into the world to make life better and give us a hope
for our future. We are to live out that love in our lives…if love is so important to God, and he is the very essence of love, then it is very important that we implement it in our lives every day.
Are you living out love in your day to day life, or just when you go to church? You need to have faith
… the "forsaking all" kind of faith. You need to have hope
…the kind that has your confidence in God…but more than any of these…You need to have a genuine…true…honest Love
Below is the Love Chapter that we have been studying… 1 Corinthians 13
New International Version (NIV) 1 Corinthians 13
1 If I speak in the tongues[a
] of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,[b
] but do not have love, I gain nothing.
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.