QTVOTD: Am I ready to embrace true love?

“And now there remain: faith [abiding trust in God and His promises], hope [confident expectation of eternal salvation], love [unselfish love for others growing out of God’s love for me], these three [the choicest graces]; but the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:13 ->me: Today was my time finishing up my week one of the 1 Corinthians study we are starting in our Life Group.  It was an overview section in which you read the entire book and then allow God to reveal to you what He weaves together in your theology just from a quick contextual read through.  For me, this verse has weight.  Multiple times Paul stresses how much more important unselfish love is than even other spiritual gifts.  Transparently, this is also an area that I need to ask God to work on in my life.  According to Paul I need to be ready to suffer with the sufferings of many in order to win a few for the Kingdom.  This is love – a reckless approach to serving others where the earthly return on investment is small but the heavenly return is huge.  This is also where faith and hope come in.  I will be ready to serve with this type of love when I have the faith and hope in what is to come…I will realize that this time under the sun is an opportunity to tear down the greatness I might have here on earth in order to win glory for God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ in heaven.   I have to ask myself – “Am I ready to seize the greatest of these choicest graces?  Am I ready to sacrifice more earthly gain for the winning of souls to heaven?”

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