The Greatest

And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love. (1 Corinthians 13:13, NKJV)

But earnestly desire and zealously cultivate the greatest and best gifts and graces (the higher gifts and the choicest graces). And yet I will show you a still more excellent way [one that is better by far and the highest of them all – love]. (1 Corinthians 12:31, Amplified)

…and if I have [sufficient] faith so that I can remove mountains, but have not love (God’s love in me) I am nothing (a useless nobody). (1 Corinthians 13:2, Amplified)

I was thinking today about how many times while praying for people they have expressed to me that they don’t have enough faith. I run into people almost daily who express this idea of not having sufficient faith. Yet, I can’t recall one person telling me that they don’t have sufficient love even while telling me why they won’t forgive or why they hate their mother-in-law.

Faith is important. More than that it is vital. To operate in the things of God, in the Kingdom of God, you must operate in faith.

 …the just shall live by faith. (Habakkuk 2:4, KJV)

…but the message they heard did not benefit them, because it was not mixed with faith… (Hebrews 4:2, Amplified)

it is  of faith, that it might be by grace… (Romans 4:16, KJV)

To access the power of God it takes faith (see 2 Corinthians 12:9, the power of Christ; James 4:6 Amplified, power of the Holy Spirit; grace = the power of God). Faith is important. It is vital. We need it!

But God said in His word that greater than faith is love. Many have majored on faith but how many have majored on love. First Corinthians 13 tells us that someone can have sufficient faith, but without love they can be useless.

I am not suggesting we not major on faith, but it is not greater than love. It works by love. God has faith, but God is love. What is more important the tool being used, or the person using it?

Begin or continue to develop your faith through His Word. And begin or continue to develop in love through obedience to His Word. Your faith works by it (Galatians 5:6).

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