May Our Lives Be Marked By Love

“Love is the theme, Love is supreme,
Sweeter it grows, glory bestows.
Bright as the sun, ever it glows!
Love is the theme, Eternal theme.”
Those are the lyrics to the chorus of an old hymn we sang in church. “Love is the theme…” Love is still the theme.
We are living in a time in our nation that doesn’t seem to be marked by love. Instead of love, we are yelling at one another, pointing fingers at one another and blaming one another for what’s going wrong in our nation. We hear about “hate groups.” Think about that… a group of people who are dedicated to hate. That’s not much of a life.
In I Corinthians 13, the apostle Paul wrote a chapter that has come to be known as the “love chapter.” Paul had just talked about spiritual gifts. He explained how the gifts were important in the body of Christ. Then, Paul says, “Let me show you, a more excellent way…” Then, he writes what has come to be known as the “love chapter.”
Paul writes, “If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it;[a] but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing.”
Those are beautiful words. There have been times when I read the love chapter or, someone read the love chapter in weddings. We need more love today and far, far less hate.
If we had to describe Jesus to someone we would say Jesus is love. And He is! Jesus told us to love another. So, today, may our lives be marked by love… not hate.. not discord.. but love. May our churches be marked by love.
Paul concluded the “love chapter” with these words, “Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.”
May our lives be filled with the love of Jesus today.

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