When you have really lived
1 Corinthians 13: 11-13 (NRSVA)
11 When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became an adult, I put an end to childish ways. 12 For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known. 13 And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.
The 19th century Scottish preacher Henry Drummond once gave a short talk which was later printed, entitled, “The greatest thing in the world.” It has never been out of print in the 120 years since first published. In his conclusion, he remarked that when you learn to love, “Then everything that you do is eternal. You will find as you look back upon your life that the moments that stand out, the moments when you have really lived, are the moments when you have done things in a spirit of love.”
Jesus says, “Follow me.” Love, declares Paul, is what adults do. Love is greater even than faith. Love is the greatest thing in the world. Jesus says, “Love one another”.
Lord, help me to love as you love. I am weak, Lord, but you are strong within me. Thank you that you equip me to face each day with the power of your love, your forgiveness, and your grace.
I love you Lord, and I need you today, and every day. Amen.