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3 Things That Will Last Forever // Wednesday, August 20

Posted: Wednesday, August 20

One Year Bible Reading Guide:

Esther 8:1-10:3
1 Corinthians 12:27-13:13
Psalm 37:1-11
Proverbs 21:23-24

 

Verse of the day:

Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love. (1 Corinthians 13:13)

 

Love has the distinction of being both the greatest and most misunderstood attribute in the Christian life.  Compared with faith and hope, love comes first.  Paul uses the Greek word agape to describe this new kind of love.

So, what is this kind of love?  James Packer, in his book “Your Father Loves You,” describes love this way:

The Greek word agape (love) seems to have been a Christian invention -- a new word for a new thing (apart from about twenty occurrences in the Greek version of the Old Testament, it is almost non-existent before the New Testament). Agape draws its meaning directly from the revelation of God in Christ. It is not a form of natural affection, however, intense, but a supernatural fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22). It is a matter of will rather than feeling (for Christians must love even those they dislike -- Matt. 5:44-48). It is the basic element in Christ-likeness.

This kind of love is the essential element of being like Jesus. Take a look at the 12 verses that precede this one and you’ll discover why love is important and what it looks like.

Choose to show love to those around you today in the same way that God has shown you love.

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Pastor Mark McKinstry // Christian Education & Missions Pastor

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