And now I will show you the most excellent way.
If I speak with the eloquence of men and of angels,
But have no love,
I become no more than blaring brass or crashing cymbal.
1 Corinthians 13:1
Love is the greatest of all human qualities. In fact it is an attribute of God Himself; 1 John 4:8 tells us, “God is love.” So if we possess special abilities, such as eloquent speech, but we don’t have God, then those gifts are useless ~ nothing more than a noisy bell, a clanging cymbal, or the creaking of a rusty gate.
Love makes our gifts and talents useful. God’s love working through our lives is directed outward toward others. He has blessed each of His children with unique and special gifts, and His great plan is for us to use those talents in the work of His kingdom serving others. He desires for us to use our skills and abilities to build up and strengthen others in our sphere of influence.
We all don’t possess the same types of talents and abilities, but love is available to everyone. By allowing God to live through us, we are able to show His love to others. God’s love blended with our talents creates a dynamic synergy with divine purpose. This is “the most excellent way.”
God is love.
We love because he first loved us.
1 John 4:16b, 19 NLV
My oldest son’s favorite movie as a little boy was (and still is!) Toy Story. In the movie the character, Buzz Lightyear, is famous for the phrase, “To infinity and beyond…!” My sweet son took that phrase and used it to try and describe how much he loved me – “to infinity and beyond…”, and I would respond by telling him, “I love you more…”
The truth is that God loves all of us even more than that! It is unfathomable to think of the magnitude of God’s love for us. He is the definition of love, and He loved you and me before He created the earth and everything in it. He loved us before the beginning of time and will continue to love us into eternity…and beyond!
God’s love is the source of all human love, and He is the only reason we are able to love others. His love does not fade over time. It doesn’t change depending upon His mood, and it definitely does not disappear if we make a mistake… or multiple mistakes. His love is forgiving, kind, compassionate and eternal. The way we love others is a true testament to our love for God. How we treat the people around us – family members, neighbors, friends, co-workers, store clerks, even strangers – is evidence of our love for our Heavenly Father. By allowing our hearts to be filled with His love, we can in turn love others around us with His divine love.
God loves you – to eternity and beyond!