“…but the greatest of these is love.”

To some, yes, it may seem I (along with many other dear daughters of the King) will be hopelessly guyless this Valentine’s Day. But to me…it hardly seems that way. Is it the love between a guy and a girl that makes this day so traditional and so special? Perhaps. But if it weren’t for Christ’s love for His Bride, the church, we would not know love. LOVE…that word that is vastly overused and has been stripped of it’s majesty, beauty, and pure bliss. But I think that all we really need to know about love is found in God’s love letter to us, the Bible.

Love begins with a relationship…a relationship with Jesus Christ. For it was Him Who demonstrated love in it’s absolute perfect form by dying on the cross the for you and I. He died so that we could live. 1 John 3:16 “By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us…” There has been no greater love in all of history than this.

As contrary to popular belief or thought, love is not a warm fuzzy feeling or emotion. Love is action. It is shown by our obedience to Jesus Christ. 2 John 1:6 “This is love, that we walk according to His commandments…”

Love is unconditional and completely selfless. That’s why we, as human beings, cannot love without Jesus Christ…because we are selfish and sinful and want to please ourselves. But love is the opposite of that…it is dying to ourselves and our own desires. It is doing what is best for another, even if it hurts. It is doing not what we “feel” like, but rather doing what we know to be right and true. I hardly think that Jesus “felt” like being nailed to a cross and dying, but He did it…He did it because He loved us so very much.

I don’t think that it is possible for us in this earthly life to fully comprehend and appreciate love. It is something we will never be able to master or achieve in our lifetime, but there will come a day when we as Believers will be like Jesus Christ and then fully understand and express love. Oh, what an amazing day to look forward to…when we will actually be able to love Him as much as He loves us!! =)

Now…this post won’t be complete without the words of 1 Corinthians 13…the love chapter.

Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.

Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil;  does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth;  bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away.

When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known. And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”

“…but the greatest of these is love.” Why I wonder? Because faith and hope will be fulfilled with the return of Jesus Christ, when He comes and takes us home to be with Him. But love will continue beyond that. Love will last for eternity…it knows no end.

So…guyless? Not really. He loves me so much He died for me. He loves me unconditionally. He is ALWAYS faithful to me. He is never to busy to listen to me. He will NEVER leave me. And…He’s written me a love letter longer and far more beautiful than anything!

Love Bible

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3 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    Janessa said,

    This is my favorite passage of scripture too.

    I wanted to point out that you used the words “hopelessly guyless”.
    This is NOT a hopeless situation. It apparently just isn’t time yet. I
    believe with all my heart that the time will come for you to marry and have
    a child. Just believe!

  2. 2

    Ruth said,

    Jena,
    Thanks for this post. It was a good reminder that while we are waiting for our knights to come we can take joy in the fact that we already know our Prince.

  3. 3

    alilyamongthethorns said,

    Yes, you are right Aunt Janessa…I’m not ‘hopelesslyl guyless.’ Sometimes it just FEELS that way! With the Lord, nothing is really hopless, huh?


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