1 Corinthians 13:13 - "And now these three remain Faith, Hope and Love but the greatest of these is love."
In 1911, a little book, The Greatest Thing in the World was published. It was written by Henry Drummond a Scottish Theologian, but only published after his death. It is based on the well-known scripture passage 1 Corinthians 13:1-13. In it he describes love as the supreme good and asks Christians to read this passage once a week for three months as it can change their lives.
I purchased a copy in 1963 after leaving school and it has remained next to my bed for the past 57 years. I have not read the scripture nearly as often as I could, but just seeing the cover reminds me of the words inside. It is beautifully written and as pertinent today as it was more than 100 years ago.
"Greater love hath no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends." - John 15:13.
Jesus our King, our Saviour and our friend paid that ultimate price for each and every one of us, rich, poor, young, old, good and bad, when he died on the cross and purchased forgiveness for us. His resurrection tells us of the power of Jesus and his victory over death and evil, the promise of eternal life and his presence ever with us to give us hope and joy in life, whatever the circumstances.
Eugene Petersen in The Message puts 1 Corinthians v 13 this way. Trust steadily in God, Hope unswervingly, love extravagantly and the best of the three is love.
Prayer: Dear Lord, every Easter reminds us of what your death and resurrection means for us, of your great sacrifice, your love and compassion shown to each one of us. Help us to reflect that love to those around us. Amen.
I am grateful to Hilda Boyd for her thoughts and message today. Thanks for taking the time to write these words Hilda.