Words from the Heart for Friday February 12th, 2021
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
1 Corinthians 13:13 (NIV)
Who do you consider the greatest Canadian of all time? Back in 2004, CBC asked Canadians that question and Tommy Douglas, father of our national healthcare program, was selected to top the list. Second on the list was Terry Fox, who has likely grown in reputation in the almost two decades since that survey was taken. The top ten also included two people who have improved life for people all around the world – Sir Frederick Banting who discovered insulin, and Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor of the telephone.
1 Corinthians 13 is one of the most beloved portions of the Bible. There is no greater definition of love found anywhere in literature, in any language. It speaks of the agape love of God, the no-strings-attached love that brought Jesus from Glory to earth, from the manger to the Cross. And the chapter wraps up with these well-known words. 1 Corinthians 13:13 says “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” The Christian faith is based on three immutable principles – faith, hope and love. It is by faith we enter into the life of Christ, and it is by faith we walk with him daily. It is the hope we have in Christ that carries us through this life into the next. But it is the love of Christ that has led to everything we have in Him – redemption, eternal life, gifts, fellowship, everything. No wonder Paul says the greatest is love. Faith would have no effect, hope would have no basis, if it wasn’t for the love of God that brought Jesus to us. We are called to love like Him.
These have been words from the heart.