The final week of “Redeeming Love” is written by Sara Feaster. Sara has worked in the Admissions Office since Spring of 2013 as the Admissions Administrative Assistant. She graduated from BBC with her Bachelor’s of Science in Christian Teaching, and received her ESL certification from Cambridge University.
“When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” 1 Cor. 13:11-13
The word “eternal” according to dictionary.com means, “without beginning or end; lasting forever; always existing”. Many times we skip over this word and go straight for the noun that follows. However, there is such beauty in it as we reflect it’s meaning. There are not many things in this life that are “without beginning or end”, and usually, “lasting” things have great significance to us. For example, we hold onto our photographs, our grandmothers dishes, and one of the reasons we marry is because the idea of having someone next to us the rest of our lives is comforting.
Our culture has lost what it looks like to believe in a lasting love and how to have a lasting love. However, God has given us the perfect picture of what that kind of love looks like. He has redeemed love for us by His example. In the passage above, Paul reminds us that there are things in this world that are going to parish, specifically our knowledge. However, the things that will remain will be, “faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is LOVE.”
Why does Paul emphasis love to the Corinthians? Perhaps, it is because the Corinthian church was having a hard time showing Christ’s love (1 Cor. 1:11; 3: 3-4; 6:1-11; . . . ). As we’ve seen in the first blog, if we do not have love, then we are nothing. Paul wanted to remind them that the life they are living did not represent Christ’s love in their lives. Paul made sure to give importance to love, because it is one of things that will carry on into eternity. It remains the greatest because it is the most foundational, essential, and central concept to being a believer. Exemplifying the sacrificial and conditional love Christ showed us is going to bring us closer to Him, as we bring others closer Him. Ultimately, this will have lasting effects in eternity as ALL believers are ushered into the pearly gates.
How comforting and beautiful is that picture? Being all gathered together, praising and singing with the angels, worshiping the One who redeemed us and gave us life. We have such an awesome opportunity to show the same kind of love Christ showed us so that EVERYONE has a chance to experience the lasting and forever effects of Christ’s love.