The Greatest of These is Love
Last night I had the privilege of hosting a bridal shower for my sister-in-law. I wanted to share something meaningful with her, so I pulled up 1 Corinthians 13 - the famous Bible passage on love. I thought it would be fitting to remind her, on the brink of her marriage, about the power and reality of love.
As I did so, I was reminded of these things myself. I look out over our world (fleetingly though because I can't bear to reflect much longer) and see such hate from so many directions. Hate is literally the opposite of love and embodies the ugly counterparts to all the beautiful things that love has to offer.
The good news is that because they are opposites, it is love itself that can overcome the hatred we see all around us. It won't happen overnight, it won't come easily, but it also won't be only a "quick fix" to a deep-rooted problem.
This transformative takeover of love will be long-lasting. It will be healing. It will be restorative. It will teach our children to see each other without thought to skin color or ability or status. It will help us embrace a kindness not often espoused by today's "keyboard warriors". It will allow our differences to be points of conversation and not contention. It will bring us together instead of drive us apart.
Because this thing, this choice, this action, that we call love is so powerful, it is also multi-faceted. It is not always the soft and sweet love like we talk about at a bridal shower. It can also be the tough kind that was used when we were kids to teach us how to be respectable adults. But it is love nonetheless and is part of what makes good in this world.
How many people are hurting, feeling forsaken and wondering what purpose there is to life simply because they don't have someone modeling love to them? Maybe we can be the beginning of a revolution that takes over the deep-seated hatred and replaces it with kindness, long-suffering, patience, humility and love. It starts with our families and extends to our communities and to the world. The impact just a little bit of love can make is literally the difference between life and death, hope and despair, good and evil.
The bottom line is this:
There remains faith, hope, and love but the greatest of these is love.
From my Gladheart to Yours,