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Day 34: But the Greatest of These Is Love

I believe in the Holy Spirit.

READ

1 Corinthians 13:1–13

If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

MEDITATE

The bottom-line evidence of the Spirit’s presence in your life is not the gifts of the Spirit, but the love of God. In at least two places in Scripture we see the gifts enumerated and immediately followed by the call to love. The text above emphatically declares anything we do by way of the gifts of the Spirit without love amounts to nothing. The Holy Spirit enables and empowers supernatural, divine love to work in and through human beings.

Dwell on this passage from 2 Peter 1:3–4: “His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.”

Where do you find yourself on the continuum below? What would help you move to the right?

Corrupted by sin————————Participating  in the Divine Nature

REFLECT

If we think of the Holy Spirit as so many do as merely a power or influence, our constant thought will be, “How can I get more of the Holy Spirit,” but if we think of Him in the biblical way as a Divine Person, our thought will rather be, “How can the Holy Spirit have more of me?”

—From The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit
R. A. Torrey

ASK

Express your questions, doubts, curiosities, and conundrums.

AFFIRM

Write any fresh affirmation stirring in your heart and mind from today.

Now affirm the Apostles’ Creed aloud:

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth, I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord . . .