Tags

, , , ,

There is love and then there is extravagant love. My Father loves me extravagantly. I should love the same way.

He isn’t reserved and holding back. Not at all. He sees me from afar and comes running. When I ran from Him he watched everyday waiting for me to return.

On seeing me a long way off, He came running for me. His heart was pounding. He embraced me. He kissed me. He brought me clean clothes, the best He has. He put His ring on my finger; the family ring He has been saving for a special time. He prepared an amazing feast for me. We celebrated. I was lost but He never stopped loving.

God’s goal for us is to love extravagantly. He wants us to give our all and be passionate. He doesn’t want us to hold back at all.

May I love like that!!! May I love extravagantly!!

But for right now, until that completeness, we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation: Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly,  love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love. 1 Corinthians 13:13

Paul completed his three- paneled portrait of love with a final triad: faith, hope, and love. Much discussion has focused on whether faith and hope were portrayed by Paul as being (with love) eternal. The solution is probably found in verse 7. Faith and hope, as manifestations of love, will endure eternally. So too everyone who follows the way of love finds “the most excellent way”, because every individual characterized by love carries that mark eternally. The spiritual gifts will one day cease to exist, but love will endure forever.

Though the Greek nouns for “faith, hope, love” are all feminine, Paul uses the neuter gender in “these three” to stress their qualities as cardinal virtues (compare especially 1 Thessalonians 1:3; 5:8). These virtues “remain” in that they’ll not be discontinued or cease. The virtues will continue to characterize God’s people throughout eternity. There’ll always be faith in God because of his love, hope in him because of it, and love of one another as an outgrowth of his love. So love is greater than faith and hope because neither faith nor hope could continue without the love of God.