Our greatest possession is nothing of this world. The source of this great possession is God who supplies it to believers. The Apostle Paul devoted a whole chapter to defining this cherished possession. He concluded the chapter with, “And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.” I Corinthians 13:13
These three remaining spiritual virtues are the basis of our faith. Paul listed them as faith, hope, and charity (God’s love) with love being the greatest. Besides being the greatest Christian virtue love is essential to the Christian character. Paul related that no matter how knowledgeable we are or spiritually gifted we may be we really are nothing if we do not possess and perform in the love of God. (I Corinthians 13:1-3)
God’s love is the greatest positive power in the universe. Love is a motivator – a mover. Love manifests itself – makes itself known by outward actions toward others. The presence of God’s love within a believer is to prove, not by words, but by works. Let us look at the extreme proof of God’s love as demonstrated by God Himself, Jesus Christ and Christians.
How familiar are these words by John. “…God is love…” I John 4:16. God went to the extreme to show His love for us. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16. “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8. What more could God have done to prove His love for all mankind?
Jesus Christ, in keeping with His Father’s will, went to the extreme to show His great love for us. “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13. Jesus was that man of whom He spoke. Paul praised Christ’s extreme proof of love this way. “…I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20. What more could Jesus Christ have done for us?
John taught that Christians should be willing to give their lives as proof of God’s love. “Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.” I John 3:16. If we are God’s His love dwells in us – a love that is willing to go to the extreme if called upon.
None of us knows whether we may be called to show love to its extreme or not. Many have and many more will before Christ returns. What we need to do is show OUR GREATEST POSSESSION, God’s love, to the brethren. By doing so, the world will see the love of God and Christ in us.
DEAR GOD, HELP US TO ACT TOWARD THE BRETHREN WITH THE LOVE WHICH YOU AND CHRIST HAVE SHOWN US