Today, I was sitting in church, and something that the pastor said caught my attention. He was talking about love. This is the verse he read;
1 Corinthians 13
If I speak in the tonguesof 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,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.
I found this interesting, because love is one of the hardest things to do, whether someone hurts you, offends you, criticizes you, the bible says to love them, and love your enemies as yourself. We want to hurt them back, hold a grudge, say mean things behind their back. God says love it is the hardest thing, but it’s something I’m sure everyone could work on! God loves us unconditionally, for who we are, no matter what we’ve done. We are called to love like Him. Challenge yourself, love, love, love. Grudges and hate just break you down and eat away at you.
“Without love, we are nothing.”