The Greatest is Love

“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” – 1 Corinthians 13:13

On 14 November 1965, an American infantry battalion found itself outnumbered 8 to 1 in the Ia Drang Valley, South Vietnam. The unit was almost out of ammunition after taking some of the heaviest casualties of the war. The infantry commander closed the helicopter-landing zone due to intense enemy fire. But Captain Ed Freeman volunteered to risk his own life by flying his unarmed helicopter through a gauntlet of enemy fire time to deliver critically needed ammunition, water and medical supplies to the besieged battalion.

After medical evacuation helicopters refused to fly into the area due to the intense enemy fire, Ed flew 14 separate rescue missions, providing life-saving evacuation of an estimated 30 seriously wounded soldiers — some of whom would not have survived had he not acted.

When he finished the day, Ed revealed he had been wounded himself – 4 times in the legs and left arm.

Years later he was asked what motivated him to risk his life so many times.

“When you get into a situation like this, it is you and your buddy” said Ed. He continued: “And the bond becomes very tight, and I think you wouldn’t hesitate to lay your life on the line for them because they would do the same thing for you.”

The most excellent way of living is to love the Lord and to love others. Today in prayer, praise Jesus that He loves you and love Him and others with all of your heart.

 

“Love is an image of God, and not a lifeless image, but the living essence of the divine nature, which beams full of all goodness.”
                                                                                                                                                                               – Martin Luther

 

God’s Word:
“For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.”
                                                                                                                                                                                          – Galatians 5:6

By Peter Kennedy, Copyright 2012, Devotional E-Mail

 
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.  (1 Corinthians 13:4-8 ESV)

 

Can you come up with a definition for love (that accurately describes what love is) in two or three sentences?

It’s not an easy task. No matter how we define love, our definition always seems to be lacking. Trying to define love can be like describing chocolate to a tribesman in sub-Saharan Africa who has never heard of nor tasted chocolate before. We may have trouble defining it, explaining it, and even finding it, but we know deep down inside that we need it.

In 1 Corinthians 13, the Apostle Paul wrote one of the most famous descriptions of love. Notice that he does not give a dictionary definition but instead a description of love displayed.The love Paul describes values:

-Giving over getting
-Commitment over feelings
-The long haul over the short term

The scripture is clear. You can see this love displayed in patience, kindness, humility, forgiveness, integrity, and ongoing perseverance. This kind of love survives and stands the tests of time and tribulations.

Does this describe the love you’re seeking? More importantly, does this describe the love your sharing?