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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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Lord, Help!

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I was so happy for my friend when she told me she was going to be a mum! Together we counted the days until the birth. But when the baby suffered a brain injury during delivery, my heart broke and I didn't know how to pray. All I knew was who I should pray to=God. He is our Father, and He hears us when we call.

 

I knew that God was capable of miracles. He brought Jabirus's daughter back to life (Luke 8:49-55) and in so doing also healed the girl of whatever disease that robbed her of life. So I asked Him to bring healing for my friend's baby too.

 

But what if God doesn't heal? I wondered. Surely He doesn't lack the power. Could it be He doesn't care? I thought of Jesus's suffering on the cross and the explanation that "God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8). Then I remembered the questions of Job and how he learned to see the wisdom of God as shown in the creation around him (Job 38-39).

 

Slowly I saw how God calls us to Him in the details of our lives. In God's grace, my friend and I learned together what it means to call on the Lord and to trust Him-whatever the outcome.

-Poh Fang Chia

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