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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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Necy Kate

What Is an Honest Person?

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Honesty means to give your heart to God; to never play Him false in anything; to be open with Him in all things, never cover the truth; to never do that which deceives those above and deludes those below; and to never do that which is done merely to ingratiate yourself with God. To be honest is to refrain from impurity in your actions and words. If your words are riddled with excuses and valueless justifications, then God says that you are one who is very unwilling to practice the truth.

 

If you have many unspeakable confidences and are unwilling to lay bare your secrets—your difficulties—to others so as to seek the way of the light, then God says that you are one for whom salvation will not be easily received and who will not easily emerge from the darkness. If seeking the way of truth pleases you well, then you are one who lives often in the light.

 

If you are glad to be a service-doer in the house of God, working diligently and conscientiously in obscurity, always giving and never taking, then God says that you are a loyal saint, for you seek no reward and are simply an honest man. If you are willing to be candid, if you are willing to give your all, if you are able to sacrifice your life for God and stand witness, and you are nourished by the light. If you are honest and think only to please God, and never consider yourself or take for yourself, and you shall live forever in the kingdom.

 

God bless you:)

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