“Love and The Highest Good of Others”

July 12, 2020

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Summary

1 Corinthians 13:1-8a may sound familiar: “If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends…” (ESV) When Jesus said to His disciples on the night He was betrayed, “By this shall all people will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another,” (John 13:35) He was talking about the 1 Corinthians 13 variety. This kind of love is marked by humility, generosity, sacrifice, and the highest good of others. Think on this: Your highest good in the eyes of God is for you to live with Him forever! And He sent His Son to make that happen! Loving others, therefore, with their highest good in mind, is our best response to what’s been lavished upon us…

Bible References

  • 1 Corinthians 13:1 - 8
  • Romans 5:6 - 8
  • 1 John 4:7 - 11