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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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But seek ye first the kingdom of God ... (Matthew 6:33)

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Before asking this question, I will quote the verse in the incredibly unlikely chance someone doesn't know what I'm referencing:

But seek ye first the kingdom of God
, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you."— Matthew 6:33 (KJV) [Emphasis added]

This is one that I've meditated upon since, well, I first became a believer. I have sought to not just know it on an intellectual level, but down into my soul, and have reflected in my everyday life. I'm reminded of something pastor from another district once said. It was something like "the gospel is simple enough for a child to grasp, but so profound the greatest thinkers have strained to understand it." This statement, promise, and guide from Christ most certainly qualifies.


I had a farm vehicle in for repair this last week, and it was finally done today. The mechanic is a friend of mine. Though he is a Mormon, and he is aware I am Mennonite, we sometimes talk of spiritual matters. Something he said today reminded me of this passage. So while I was driving that dusty old vehicle up a bumpy, rocky road this evening, again, the meditation started anew.


Anyway, I thought I would pose this question to the brothers and sisters here: how have you processed this verse? How has it moved you? How has it, within the bounds of what you are comfortable sharing, impacted your day to day life?


Thank you. :)

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There are lots of things I'd be pursuing right now had but after studying the bible and reading the verse you quote I realized there are more important things in life. We can seek fame, wealth, etc but all these are worthless if you don't know God. You'll die and leave them all behind. But if you seek God then He'll bless you and even if you don't get everything most people want in this life, nothing can match your reward (even though we don't deserve any) when you are welcomed home to live with God forever.

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