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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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Prov: Boasting about Tomorrow

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BOASTING ABOUT TOMORROW

 

Pr 27:1 Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth.

 

There is virtue in planning ahead. But a person goes too far if they think they are the master of their destiny. One of the most universal experiences people have is that life does not turn out exactly the way you planned. "A man’s steps are directed by the LORD. How then can anyone understand his own way?" Pr 20:24

 

In fact God will often frustrate our plans in order to help us maintain a proper level of humility. The David prays, "do not grant the wicked their desires, O LORD; do not let their plans succeed, or they will become proud." Ps 140:8  Rich people are especially  prone to such sin. Thus James writes, Now listen, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money."  Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, "If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that." Jas 4:13-15

 

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