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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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LeapOfFaith89

The Easy Road?

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Life's path is often difficult. So if we expect tthat God will always give us an easy road, we may be tempted to turn our back on Him when the terrain gets tough.

 

If you've ever considered doing that, think about the people of Israel. When they were given freedom from the Egyptians after hundreds of years of bondage, they took off for the Promised Land. But God didn't send them straight home. He "did not lead them on the road through the Philistine country, though that was shorter" (Exodus 13:17). Instead He sent them on the Hard road through the desert. In the short run, this helped them avoid wars (Verse 17), but in the long run, there was something bigger at work.

 

God used that time in the desert to instruct and mature the people He had called to follow Him. The easy road would have led them to disaster. The long road prepared the nation of Israel for their successful entry into the Promised Land.

 

Our God isFaithful, and we can trust Him to lead us and care for us no matter what we face. We may not understand the reason for the path we are on, but we can trust Him to help us grown in faith and maturity along the way.

-Dave Branon

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