This Day in History: 0000-07-14
July 14 – 1 Corinthians 13:11-13
When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things. Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.
Three things will last forever – faith, hope, and love – and the greatest of these is love.
We’ve spent the last two days looking at 1 Corinthians 13 – the love chapter. We’ve discovered that God says there isn’t much in this life worth doing without love, and we’ve learned what love is, what it is not, what it does, and what it does not do according to Him.
The fact of the matter is, this world has a whole lot to say about love. We’ve warped and twisted it into something trite at best, and flat out ugly at worst. That’s why it’s SO important to shut out all other “wisdom” and allow the plain and simple Word of God to define it for us, and to show us how to live it.
It’s time to put away childish notions about fairies and princes and happily-ever-after stories. It’s time to reject the idea that our happiness can come through the actions of another human being. It’s time to renounce the objectification of people created in the image of God as vessels used for the pleasure of another no matter the cost. It’s time to put away our striving to find wholeness anywhere but in the arms of our Savior.
He makes us whole.
He knows us completely and is eager to impart upon us the knowledge of Himself so that we can know Him as we are known. So let’s ask Him to reveal Himself to us! Let’s ask Him to fill us with His Spirit and make us complete – lacking nothing. Let’s ask Him, not for temporal gifts that will pass away, but for gifts that will last forever. Let’s ask Him for faith to believe He is who He says He is and He will do what He says He will do. Let’s ask Him for hope so that we can live for something greater, knowing there is a day certain to come when He will wipe away every tear.
But most of all, let’s ask Him for love. For it is the greatest gift He can give!