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LOVE

love
    noun \ˈləv\

: a feeling of strong or constant affection for a person

: attraction that includes sexual desire : the strong affection felt by people who have a romantic relationship

: a person you love in a romantic way

(Courtesy of Merriam-Webster's online dictionary @ www.m-w.com)

I probably hear the word love used more for the second definition than any other in our culture today. The next most frequent use would probably be number 3, in reference to romance. For me, the most important definition is the first one-- because it reminds me of how God so loved me that He gave His only begotten Son.

If I speak human or angelic languages
but do not have love,
I am a sounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 
-1 Corinthians 13:1 (HCSB)

Now these three remain:
faith, hope, and love.
But the greatest of these is love. 
-1 Corinthians 13:13 (HCSB)

Recently, I  have been giving a lot of thought to the spiritual gifts described in the New Testament-- as far as what is applicable today and what is being used in a false and abusive manner to gain personal wealth or fame. Please do not confuse what I am writing with a blanket accusation against charismatics or Pentecostals, because it is not. However, there are those who peddle prosperity doctrine --and that is not the true Gospel. The true gospel is all about LOVE. It is about the One who came to Earth as a man, was tortured and crucified as a payment for all He had done for people, and Who gave us hope through His resurrection. He asks us to believe in Him and accept him as the Lord of our lives. With that we have an avenue to our Father who sees us as His children because of the blood of Jesus, which covers our sins past, present and future. That is good news, the kind that lasts forever, unlike the shiny new car [which will eventually rust and wear out] or the new house-- which will probably outlive you. I'm talking ETERNAL prosperity.


Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever. 

-1 John 2:15-17

Father, I pray that I am not blinded to this message from Your Word. I pray that I might pursue love in all of my affairs this very day and, in so doing, glorify You.

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