95. The Greatest of These is Love

Over the past couple of days I've been convicted by one topic and one topic alone: the subject of love. I've been blogging a lot lately about the "journey to success," but through powerful sermons and wise advice, I've been brought back to the whole purpose.

Our gifts, talents, and desires are not about us. Our purpose is not just about living comfortably, being well off, having all material possessions and access to exclusive clubs. We think it is, but it's quite the contrary. In fact:

We are blessed to BE a blessing.

Yes, I'm a fervent believer in having life and having it more abundantly. Yes, I believe in chasing after our wildest dreams. But, what does a dream, gift, goal, or talent mean if love is not at the center?

What does it all mean if our pursuits are fueled more by an ego-driven need for praise rather than a purpose-driven desire to serve?

Again, there is nothing wrong with having things or desiring something more out of life. However, I do believe that in the quest of seeking elevation in life, that we must pull others up along the way.

Love must remain at the foundation or our contributions to the earth will be nothing more than a clanging symbol signifying nothing. 

Because there is absolutely no other literature that comes close to the brilliance of scripture on the topic of love, I'll leave you with the entire chapter of II Corinthians 13 via Bible Gateway

1 Corinthians 13 New International Version (NIV)

13 If I speak in the tongues 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, 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.