Pat Jones: God’s love endures through all things
March 1, 2018
"And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love" (1 Cor. 13:13, NIV).
According to Bible commentators, love is the greatest, because God is Love (1 Jn. 4:8). We celebrate this amazing love of God at Easter. Faith and hope are both important, but they are gifts more for oneself, whereas love is not only for oneself, but is to be shared with others. Faith and hope are qualities people can have, whereas love is a quality of God that people can experience and share.
Love INC is in the "love" business. While we try to instill hope in our hurting neighbors with whom we speak every day, we are mandated to mobilize the church so it can help others experience God's love.
What does that look like? Well, the love of God may look like a food bag given to a small child so he or she will be nourished through the weekend. Love may be simply helping someone move some furniture. It may look like a volunteer teaching people how to budget their income or cook an economical meal. Love may look like a payment on a bill to keep a family's electricity turned on. It may look like rent assistance to keep a family housed or a motel room to bring warmth to a cold, homeless man, woman or family.
Love seems to come in levels. It takes some love to pack a food bag for a child. It seems to take a little more love to deliver a week's worth of food to a family. It seems that it takes even more love to sacrifice some of our comfort in order to give the funds to pay for that motel room. It takes even more love to step completely out of our comfort zone and befriend a stranger who needs to experience the gift of God's love. And finally, the top level love is the love God gave to each of us through the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus.
God's love is the top level love that endures. When God's love indwells us, the Bible says, "Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance" (1 Cor. 13:7, NLT). God's top-level love never fails (1 Cor. 13:8).
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Consider being part of the movement that shares the best love available — God's love — which is for everyone.
In a few weeks, we will celebrate the gift, the sacrifice, God gave to mankind so everyone can experience this love. Share some love, and invite a friend, neighbor or even a stranger to attend a worship service with you at the church of your choice this Easter.
Faith and hope can be found in the gift of God's love, which is an abundant love we can all share, and it never runs out, because God's love endures forever.
Pat Jones is executive director of Love INC of the Yampa Valley Love in the Name of Christ.