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.”

班底浸信教会
每日灵粮
星期一,2021年8月30日
标题:其中最大的是爱
讲员:杨勇伟弟兄
翻译:陈劲年姐妹

【哥林多前书 13:13】(和合本)
“如今常存的有信、有望、和有爱这三样,其中最大的是爱。”

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。

然而,很多时候,这个词在没有认真思考或意图的情况下被松散甚至轻率地使用了。事实上,从人的角度来说,其意义因语境和文化而异,常被用来表达不善的动机,如贪婪、欲望和肉体的情欲。

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。

因此,让我们的思想、言语和行为受到爱的激励。在生活和人际关系中,我们经常面临什么是正确的行动方针或做什么决定的困境。在这种情况下,爱总是一个很好的考虑因素。当有疑问时,请以对所有相关人员和可能受该决定影响的人的爱为指导。当这些决定影响到我们的家人、朋友和当地社区时,尤其如此。

故此,即使在我们的日常生活中,尤其是在家里,让爱、善意和体贴来指导我们的言行。

祷告:“父上帝,感谢祢先爱我们,并通过祢的儿子耶稣基督向我们展示了爱和牺牲真正的含义。愿在我们的日常生活中,我们总会被祢对我们无限的爱所激励。我们奉耶稣的名祈祷,阿们.”