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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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Language of Love

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When my grandmother came to Mexico as a missionary, she had a hard time learning Spanish. One day she went to the market. She showed her shopping list to the girl helping her and said, "It's in two tongues (lenguas)." But she meant to say that she had written it in tow languages (idioms). The butcher overheard them and assumed she wanted to purchase two cow tongues. My grandmother didn't realize it until she got home. She had never cooked beef tongue before!

 

Mistakes are inevitable when we are learning a second language, including learning the new language of God's love. At times our speech is contradictory because we praise the Lord but then speak badly of others. Our old sinful nature opposes our new life in Christ. When comes out of our mouths shows us how much we need God's help.

 

Our old "tongue" must go away. The only way to learn the new language of love is by making Jesus the Lord of our speech. When the Holy Spirit works in us, He gives us self-control to speak words that place the Father. May we surrender every word to Him! "Set a guard over my mouth, Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips" (Psalms 141:3).

-Keila Ochoa

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