Pure Gospel Magazine 2018 March 2018 - Page 16

Sweetwater

The Greatest Of These Is Love

1 Corinthians 13:13 (NIV)

And now these three remain: Faith, Hope, and Love. But the greatest of these is love.

What is Faith? The dictionary defines Faith as complete trust and confidence in someone or something. The Bible defines Faith as the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1, KJV).

What is Hope? The dictionary defines Hope as a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen. The Bible teaches us that we as Christians have multiple Hopes. Matthew and 1 Peter teachers that Hope is realizing that Jesus is the fulfillment of the Old Testament promises. Galatians teaches that Hope is rooted in Faith in the salvation through Jesus Christ. Acts, Romans, Colossians, and Titus teaches Christians we have Hope in the resurrection of the dead, the return of Christ, and eternal life for those who are saved through the precious blood of Jesus.

What is Love? The dictionary defines love as an intense feeling of deep affection. A synonym for love is to be devoted to. The Bible states, “Love is patient, Love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with truth. It always protects, always trust, always hopes, always perseveres.” (1 Corinthians 13:4-7, NIV).

As I am writing this article, I am asking myself so many questions. I feel that we all should take a moment and look deep within ourselves and answer the following:

How do I love my spouse? What do I need to do differently to love them more? Can my spouse see my love through my words and actions?

How do I love my children? Do they realize my love for them is unconditional? How often do they hear “I love you” or see my love for

them? Am I teaching my them the meaning of

true love? Will my children know through my

actions how to love others? How do I love my

co-workers, friends, and strangers? Do I sacrifice

in order to help them in their time of need? Do I

share the good news of the Gospel with them?

Do I forgive them when they have wronged me?

These questions are not just words to fill up

space on a page. They are things to ponder.

How will you show love today?

Much Love,

Amy D. Oxenrider Aoxenrider01@gmail.com