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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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From Mourning to Dancing

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"We're cutting your job." A decade ago those words sent me reeling when the company I worked for eliminated my position. At the Time, I felt shattered, partly because my identity was so intertwined with my role as editor. Recently I felt a similar sadness when I heard that my freelance job was ending. But this time I din't feel rocked at my foundation because over the years I have seen God's faithfulness and how He can turn my mourning to joy.

 

Though we live in a fallen world where we experience pain and disappointment, the Lord can move us from dispart to rejoicing, as we see in Isaiah's prophecy about the coming of Jesus (Isaiah 61:1-4). The Lord gives us hope when we feel hopeless; He helps us to forgive when we think we can't; He teaches us that our identity is in Him and not in what we do. He gives us courage to face an unknown future. When we wear the rags of "ashes," He gently gives us a coat of praise.

 

When we face loss, we shouldn't run from the sadness, but neither do we want to become bitter or hardened. When we think about God's faithfulness over the years, we know that He's willing and able to turn our grief to dancing once again-to give us sufficient grace in this life and fully joy in heaven.

-Amy Boucher Pye

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