Friday, October 26, 2007

The Greatest Thing

The Greatest Thing

"Now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest
of these is love" (I Corinthians 13:13 NIV).

Spiritual maturity isn't measured by how long you've been a Christian, or how much you know, or how often you go to church. Spiritual maturity is measured by the way you treat other people. It's measured by the love you allow to operate in you. Corinthians tells us that one characteristic of love is that it is not rude. That means, when we are walking in love, we treat other people with courtesy and respect. Are you courteous to other people? Are you kind to the person at the check-out counter that may be moving too slowly for you? Are you gentle when you are driving down the highway and someone cuts you off? Are you patient with your family and coworkers? These are all characteristics of love. The Bible tells us
that love is patient. It is kind. It does not envy; it is not proud. It is not rude. Love is not easily angered, and it keeps no record of wrong. Love never fails. Notice that these characteristics don't have anything to do with feelings. Love is a choice. You can choose to walk in love toward people even when you don't feel like it! Make the choice to do what is right. Choose today to show kindness and be courteous to others. Look for ways to cultivate the greatest thing in your life--love! As you do, you'll move forward into the life of blessing God has in store for you!

A Prayer for Today

Heavenly Father, thank You for working in my life. Thank You for loving me so that I can show love to those around me. Keep me close to You, and help me be an instrument of love to those around me. In Jesus' Name. Amen.

Joel Osteen Ministries