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John Calvin puts forward a very simple reason why love is the greatest gift: “Because faith and hope are our own: love is diffused among others.” In other words, faith and hope benefit the possessor, but love always benefits another. In John 13:34–35 Jesus says, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” Love always requires an “other” as an object; love cannot remain within itself, and that is part of what makes love the greatest gift.
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Deaths From Drugs, Alcohol, Suicides Now Outpace Deaths From Diabetes

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A new study from the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention claims that "self-injury" — a category which includes deaths from drug overdose, alcohol consumption, and suicide — is now the seventh leading cause of death among Americans, quickly outpacing deaths from diseases like diabetes.

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