The greatest thing in the world
We could debate all the time about what is greatest.
Of the Seven Wonders of the World, which is the greatest? Who is the greatest actor or actress? Who is the greatest athlete of all time? A movie not long ago was entitled "The Greatest Showman."
So, what is the greatest thing in the world?
I believe the answer is love!
Who among us does not long to be loved?
One of the biggest keys to being loved is the fact that you must give and show your love for others.
When you look at the two greatest commandments in the Bible, they are, "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind." This is the greatest commandment. And the second is like it: "Love your neighbor as yourself." Mathew 22:37-39.
Did you notice that it is our responsibility to love, and we are not to wait until we are loved to love others?
In our culture, it is too much about me and not near enough about others. If we really want to be loved, we first have to be willing to give love.
The very familiar verses in I Corinthians 13 says that love is patient, kind, doesn't envy, does not boast, is not proud, is not rude, is not self-seeking, doesn't easily get angry, and keeps no record of wrongs. Love always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. The best way to receive love is to first give love.
I imagine if all of us looked back in our lives, we could list people who really knew how to love others. They made us and others feel better when they were around.
That should be our example as well. That we would be the compassionate, kind, caring and helpful individual that loves those around us.
Our greatest example was Jesus! He gave His life on a cross because of His love for you and for me. He prayed to God in Heaven that we would be a light in this world because of our love for Him and others.
Paul wrote in Corinthians 13:13, "And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love."
May this Thanksgiving and Christmas season be filled with love. It is the greatest gift you can give!
Doug Shrock is the pastor of Living Water Church of God. He can be reached at 541-447-3399.