Let’s face it: These are challenging times
We are coming off a year where we dealt with the pandemic and thousands of deaths, many jobs were lost, businesses failed and in the United States we are experiencing more division and tension as the country wrestles with its political identity.
Other parts of the world are also dealing with the pandemic’s impact, leadership disruption, economic issues and polarizing perspectives.
Sometimes, it can look pretty dark. It can seem as if we might not have enough faith, hope or love to get us through.
1 Corinthians 13 was also written during challenging times
Paul also experienced challenging times. He wrote 1 Corinthians to a group he was working with as they were splintering due to a variety of disagreements, misunderstandings and the inability to see the others’ perspectives.
Challenging times are not new, nor is the power of love and its ability to overcome hardship new.
Faith, hope and love
Paul concludes this chapter in 13:13 with these words: “But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love.”
We must rely on our faith to pull us through these times. We must hope for better days. We must love ourselves, the ones close to us, our families, our communities and our world to make it a better place.
Today, how will you grow in your love for others? First, you cannot become the loving person you desire to be apart from a loving and vibrant relationship with God. This love relationship must be cultivated first and foremost. Second, you must love those nearest to you. This means that if you are married, you focus on your spouse. If you have children, you prioritize your children. If you are serving in a ministry, you love those children, teens, or adults.
You strive to love those in your life. Once you have accomplished this, you will be able to better love the world around you. God has called us to love people. Jesus said that all people will know we are His disciples by the love that we have for one another.
Love never fails.