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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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I tried this for a while.

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I went to a church with no clergy

Where members all sat in a ring

Each one anxiously waiting to hear

If another would say any thing


Some days we were swamped

With words so abundant

That all cups ran over with joy

And others a silence akin to a deafness

Was the best that their tongues could employ


Sometimes I sat in that church when twas empty

Waiting for hours upon end

Hoping for someone to turn up and join me

And speak words the silence to rend


But often they joined and were silent

I guess they’d no message to feed

But if all who are gathered are feeling the same

Who’ll cater to everyone’s need?


So we sat there in silence till one came along

who gave us a word of true worth

Then all of a sudden we’re back in full swing

New treasures of faith to unearth.

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I have never written a poem, however, I like to read poetry and listen to poems. I studied art and literature in college, therefore, I take interest in poetry. When I was in college, we were required to not only interpret poems, but also write own poems. However, I always chose to interpret instead of writing.

I found the poem very meaningful.

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