Monday 30th Aug 2021
But the greatest of these is love
Richard YW Yeoh

1 Corinthians 13:13 (NIV): “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. “

Love must be one of the most commonly used words; in any language. We all grow up hearing it said all around us. Quite likely, it may also be the most common word in the titles of popular songs, all professing various forms of endless love, everlasting love, deepest love, first love, only love etc.

Many a time though, the word is used loosely or even flippantly without serious thought or intention. Indeed, humanly speaking, the meaning varies according to context and culture, and is often used to convey unwholesome motives like greed, lust and desires of the flesh.

Let’s ponder a bit on what God intends for us to learn about love, and what it truly means in His Word – even if we may never fully comprehend His immense Love for us.

The Bible emphasizes much on love as the bedrock of life and relationships. 1 Cor 13: 4-8 describes love as patience, kindness, not envious, not boastful, not conceited, does not act improperly, is not selfish, is not easily provoked, and does not record wrongdoings. Love finds no joy in unrighteousness but rejoices in the truth. Love bears all, believes, hopes and endures in all things, love never ends. We see here that in a few verses, God’s Word shows us the breadth and width, the depth and height and the eternity of true love. Love is best exemplified by God’s love for us, His Creation.

Let us therefore be motivated by love in our thoughts, our words and our deeds. In life and in relationships, we often face dilemmas on what is the right course of action, or what decision to make. Love is always a good consideration in such situations. When in doubt, be guided by love for all concerned and who may be impacted by the decision. This is especially true when these decisions affect our family, our friends and our local community.

Thus, even in our daily lives and routines and especially at home, let’s allow love, kindness and consideration to guide our words and deeds.

Prayer: “Father God, thank you for first loving us and showing us through your Son, Jesus Christ, the true meaning of love and sacrifice. May it be that in our daily living, we will always be motivated by Your immense Love for us. In Jesus’ Name we pray. Amen.”


【哥林多前书 13:13】(和合本)

在任何言语,“爱” 一定是最常用的词之一;我们从小到大都听着周围的人说着它。它也很有可能是流行歌曲中最常见的词,都表达着无止境的爱、永恒的爱、最深的爱、初恋、唯一的爱等各种形式。


让我们思考上帝要我们学习什么是爱,以及在祂的话语中爱的真正含义 – 即使我们可能永远无法完全理解祂对我们无限的爱。

圣经非常强调爱是生命和人际关系的基石。哥林多前书13:4-8 将爱描述为忍耐、恩慈、不嫉妒、不自夸、不张狂、不作害羞的事、不求自己的益处、不轻易发怒、不计算人的恶、不喜欢不义,只喜欢真理。凡事包容,凡事相信,凡事盼望,凡事忍耐。爱是永不止息。我们在这里看到,在几节经文中,上帝的话语让我们看到真爱的长阔高深,以及真爱的永恒。上帝对我们,祂的创造物的爱就是爱的最好例证。