What’s most important in your life? For me, I like to think it’s faith in God, family, and then friends. What’s the common denominator between those? They are all relationships and all built on the foundation of love.
The apostle Paul reminds us that if we have everything except love we still have nothing.
If I speak in tongues of human beings and of angels but I don’t have love, I’m a clanging gong or a clashing cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and I know all the mysteries and everything else, and if I have such complete faith that I can move mountains but I don’t have love, I’m nothing. If I give away everything that I have and hand over my own body to feel good about what I’ve done but I don’t have love, I receive no benefit whatsoever. Love is patient, love is kind, it isn’t jealous, it doesn’t brag, it isn’t arrogant, it isn’t rude, it doesn’t seek its own advantage, it isn’t irritable, it doesn’t keep a record of complaints, it isn’t happy with injustice, but it is happy with the truth. Love puts up with all things, trusts in all things, hopes for all things, endures all things. Love never fails. As for prophecies, they will be brought to an end. As for tongues, they will stop. As for knowledge, it will be brought to an end. – (1 Corinthians 13:1-8 CEB)
Strange thing love, you can have it, but you can’t hold onto it. You can give it, but you can’t keep it. You can receive it or reject it. We all need it.
As an rock band in the 70’s asked, “Without love, where would you be now?”
Bonus: First one to name that group and song wins!
Prayer: Lord, thank you for loving me. Thank you for people in my life who have loved me to where I am and who I am today. Continue to teach me to love. Amen.
“Do not pity the dead, Harry. Pity the living, and above all, those who live without love” – Albus Dumbledore