LOVE-THE MOST EXCELLENT WAY
February is here! As I was thinking about writing this article, the first thing to pop into my head was LOVE ! Then, I was singing “What the world needs now is Love, Sweet Love; No, not just for some, but for everyone” and that is certainly the truth!
Valentine’s Day was the next thought to follow. I reminisced over the years of Valentine’s Days past, even back to the handmade doily adorned valentines that we labored over for our mothers and classmates and the comparison to the store bought ones used today.
This brought me to the greatest LOVE ever known: God’s Love for mankind!
John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life”. God sent Jesus to us as a teacher and our Savior. He taught us that the second greatest commandment was to ‘love your neighbor as yourself’. Mark 12:31a He daily exhibited to the world what that love looked like.
Paul, following Jesus’ teachings, wrote it down for us in his letter to the Corinthians. Other than the Christmas and Easter scriptures, 1 Corinthians 13 is probably one the most familiar in the Bible. We’ve heard it at most weddings we’ve attended and have read it many times,we recognize it’s truth and have seen its example in Christ’s life. Even so, I must admit the difficulty I have in obediently following it. Let’s read it again . . . how God loves…
1 Corinthians 13:1-13:
(Love) And now I will show you the most excellent way.
“If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a
resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 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 have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my
body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, 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 the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
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. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. 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 childish ways behind me. Now
we see but a poor 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.
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
Let’s keep striving to love God’s way!
Diaconate: Louise Saxby, Mitzi Fitch, Holly Necochea, Judy Workman, Dawn Vitters, Suzanne Rancourt, Nancy Divine,