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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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Strength for the Weary

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On a beautiful, sunny day, I was walking in a park and feeling very weary in spirit. It wasn't just one thing weighing me down-it seemed to be everything. When I stopped to sit on a bench, I noticed a small plaque placed their in loving memory of a "devoted husband, father, brother, and friend." Also on the plaque were these words, "But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint" (Isaiah 40:31 ESV).

 

Those familiar words came to me as a personal touch from the Lord. Weariness-whether physical, emotional, or spiritual-comes to us all. Isaiah reminds us that although we become tired, the Lord, the everlasting God, The Creator of the ends of the earth "will not grow tired or weary" (verse 28). How easily I have forgotten that in every situation "[The Lord] gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak' (verse 29).

 

What's it like on your journey today? If fatigue has caused you to forget God's presence and power, why not pause and recall His promise. "those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength" (verse 31). Here. Now. Right where we are.

-David McCasland

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