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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 am currently reasearching for a book I am writing on the church. Part of that research is reaching out to Christians and non-Christians to learn about how they understand/view certain Christian topics. The question I have for all that would be interested in assisting me is this: What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you read or hear the word 'church'? The emphasis is the first thought you have.

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The first thing that comes to my mind is an image of a building. I know that the church isn't a building but I live in a culture which often refers to such buildings as churches and I guess it has influenced the way I think.

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