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Day Twenty-One

“And now these three remain faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:13

Paul writes to the church in Colosse, “since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love that you have for all the saints, because of the hope laid up for you in heaven. Of this, you have heard before in the word of the truth, the gospel.” Out of all the gifts, attributes, and resources available, nothing characterizes what is really important and eternal as faith, hope, and love. Everything seems simple and clear when described by these three words. Only God can give us faith, hope, and love! Apart from divine intervention, man is incapable of experiencing faith, hope, and love. Paul writes to the Corinthians, “Pursue love.” Why is love greater than faith and hope? If love is the greatest, then it should be a major priority in our lives. We ought to go after it with all our energy. We must give time to this pursuit, and determine to have God’s love above all else! Love is greater than faith and hope because God is love. God is not merely loving, for He is love. The essence of His being and character, the motivation of His acts, the basis of all His relationships to us, is love. His love is perfect in every way. He gives us faith and hope, but it is only of the love that the Bible declares, “God is love.” Love is greater than faith and hope because it is the very nature and character of God himself. It is God’s love that is the ground upon which faith and hope are built. They in turn direct our hearts to love God, who first loved us. Paul declared, “Walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” A relationship cannot be what God wants it to be without God’s love continually forgiving each other. There have been many times when I have failed to live up to the expectations of Kim, Ben, and Emily, and others. I have disappointed them in what I have done and what have not done. I’m thankful that God’s love covers a multitude of sins. I need God’s love in my heart every single day. A.W. Tozer captures it, “Sometimes I go to God and say, “God, if Thou dost never answer another prayer while I live on this earth, I will still worship Thee as long as I live and in the ages to come for what Thou hast has done already. God’s already put me so far in debt that if I were to live one million millenniums I couldn’t pay Him for what He’s done for me.” God loved me when I was unlovable. I want more of His love every day. Pray for God’s unconditional love in your life today. Pray for God’s love to be unleashed in our gathering at NewLife. Pray for God’s love in our city. Pray for God’s love in our nation. Pray for God’s love in our world.