Love Binds All Things Together

Jerry Sittser

READ : 1 Corinthians 13

Love never ends. (v. 8)

There is nothing wrong with ambition and achievement. Paul mentions many spiritual achievements at the beginning of this well known passage: speaking in the tongues of angels, understanding all mysteries, exercising enough faith to move mountains, even giving one’s life over to
martyrdom.

But they accomplish nothing without love. In Colossians, Paul says that love binds all things together in perfect harmony. Love purifies our motives, esteems others above self, engenders humility, and endures to the end. It puts a bridle on ambition and achievement, making sure that in our quest for the best we are serving God above all and others before self.

Love never ends. All earthly gifts serve an earthly purpose: tongues to proclaim the gospel to a world alienated from God; intellect to learn truths that remain hidden or obscure; faith to push back obstacles to justice and goodness. But the earth will not always be as it is right now. Jesus will return and make all things well and whole again. Then love will triumph over all. It will be – as it always has been – the greatest of all virtues. “And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love” (v. 13).

PRAYER

O God, turn everything I do into genuine love for you and others. Amen.