And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
— 1 Corinthians 13:13 (NIV)
The Bible teaches us that walking in love is the most excellent way to live (see 1 Corinthians 12:31). God is love, and when we walk in love, we are walking and living in Him (see 1 John 4:16). Love is more than a word we use when speaking to other people. It is seen in our actions, especially in how we treat other people.
Jesus gave us one new command, which is for us to love one another just as He loves us. As we show that love, others will know that we are His disciples (see John 13:34–35). God’s love for us required Him to sacrifice His only Son, and if we truly want to love people, there will be times when we will also need to sacrifice for them.
According to 1 Corinthians 13:4–8, love is not self-seeking; it is patient, kind, humble, and not envious. It does not dishonor others, is not easily angered, keeps no record of wrongs, and doesn’t delight in evil. It rejoices with the truth. It always believes the best of everyone, and it never fails. If we focus on loving God and loving other people, we will live the life that He desires for us to live.
No matter what so-called good works we may do, if we don’t have love, we simply make a lot of noise and amount to nothing (see 1 Corinthians 13:1–3).
Prayer of the Day: Father, I want to walk in the kind of love You show to me, but I need Your help. Teach me what love is and how to show it to other people. In Jesus’ name, amen.