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What is the greatest good that we can attain in this world?

Often we hear in the religious world, faith.

 Paul however says, "If I have all faith, so that I can remove mountains, and have not love, I am nothing. He also deliberately makes a contrast of the gifts "Now abideth Faith, Hope, Love," and without a moment's hesitation, he says, "The greatest of these is Love." We tend to express to others our strong points. And Love was quite frankly not one of Paulís big ones. True he mellows with age and you can see a growing of tenderness as he ages but at this point!

 Peter says, "Above all things have fervent love among yourselves."  And John goes farther, "God is love."  Paul says elsewhere, "Love is the fulfilling of the law." Have you ever thought about the implications of that? In those days men were working their passage to Heaven by keeping the Ten Commandments and the hundred plus other commandments which they had manufactured out of them. Christ said, I will show you a simpler way. If you do one thing, you will do these hundred plus things, without ever thinking about them. If you love, you will unconsciously fulfill the whole law. How can that be?  Take any of the commandments. "You shall have no other gods before Me." If you Love God you donít need to tell them that, you will automatically. Love is the fulfilling of that law. "Take not His name in vain." Would you ever dream of taking His name in vain if you truly loved Him? Love would fulfill all these laws regarding God. And so if you love them, you do not have to think of telling us to honor our father and mother, we can not do anything else. Not to kill or steal. How could you kill or steal from those you love? Bear false witness against your neighbor. If you love him it would be the last thing you would do. Not to covet what your neighbors has. You would rather they possessed it than your self. In this way "Love is the fulfilling of the law." It is the rule for fulfilling all rules, the new commandment for keeping all the old commandments, Christ's one secret of the Christian life.

 

We have one understanding to come to and that is that Love and Like are not synonymous nor are they necessarily connected. You do not have to like some one to love them. After all God loves us and we are not real likable much of the time, are we?


I have said before that Love is the one thing that if you give it away you end up having more.

 Why do you want to live tomorrow?  Hopefully It is because there is some one who loves you, and whom you want to see tomorrow, and be with, and love back. The reasons for living feel hollow, if there is no one to love and no one to love you. And if there is no other reason why we should live on, it is that we love and are loved. So long as some one has friends, those who love them and who they love, they will live; because to live is to love. Be it but the love of a dog, it will keep them in life; but let that go and they have no contact with life, no reason to live.

Love is eternal it is what God is, Love never fails

 

Last modified: 12/24/13