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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.

Prov: Seeking Honor

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Pr 25:16  If you find honey, eat just enough— too much of it, and you will vomit.
Pr 25:27  It is not good to eat too much honey, nor is it honorable to seek one’s own honor.
Pr 27:2  Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; someone else, and not your own lips.


There are a lot of applications to the idea of not eating too much honey. (Besides the obvious issue of diet) There are many things which are sweet in life. But if we experience too much of them, we appreciate them less. Thus it says that "He who is full loathes honey, but to the hungry even what is bitter tastes sweet." Pr 27:7 One sweet thing is the receiving of praise. Praise should first of all come from others, and even so too much praise from others is simply flattery. But one should never have to praise oneself. For that is pride. Remember the parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector. "For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends." 2Cor 10:18

Therefore do not seek to be honored for it's own sake. Nor seek a celebrity status. Rather seek to be found worthy of honor by others - and by the Lord in particular.


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