The Greatest of These is Love - by Riley Potter
And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.
-1 Corinthians 13:13
Jesus embodies all that love is; his life and teachings constantly emphasize the importance of love and how freely we should be giving it out. He introduces radical ideas of love, calling us to love our neighbors and our enemies. Jesus calls us to engage and to love unconditionally.
Bob Goff puts it perfectly in his book, Love Does, “ The kind of love that God created and demonstrated is a costly one because it involves sacrifice and presence. It's a love that operates more like a sign language than being spoken outright. Simply put: love does”
And he’s right, love does things, it moves people, it changes lives, it makes the world a better place. Jesus loves everyone, no matter his or her story. And the beautiful thing is that He calls us to do the same. We are called by Jesus Christ to love each other as Christ himself loves us.
We can love other people in countless ways. There are little things we can do: saying hi to people in the halls, giving meaningful compliments, telling our friends we appreciate them. And there are things we can do that push us out of our comfort zones and closer to Jesus; sitting next to that kid who is alone at lunch, serving a meal at a soup kitchen, maybe waking up a bit early to pray and talk to God.
In this time of Advent, where do you need some love in your life?
The radical love of Jesus Christ calls us to be the hands and feet of God, and to love one another unconditionally.
How is God calling you to reflect the light and love of Jesus?
May the light of Your love always shine in our hearts. As Christmas draws closer, we marvel at Your great love for us. Let Your love transform every aspect of our lives and touch everyone we encounter. Our hearts are open to You, Jesus. Amen