What do you treasure beyond everything you own? My father-in-law, Albert (Bert) Wood used to say that he wouldn’t take a million dollars for one of his children but he wouldn’t give you a plugged nickel for another one!
When we really grasp the truth of God, He becomes invaluable to us. Until then He lingers in the plugged nickel category. I’ve replaced the word ‘love’ with God in 1 Corinthians 13:1-13, NIV. Read and reread it aloud until you grasp the immense truth of Easter Sunday for yourself.
If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have GOD, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have GOD, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have GOD, I gain nothing.
GOD is patient, GOD is kind. GOD does not envy, GOD does not boast, GOD is not proud.GOD does not dishonor others, GOD is not self-seeking, GOD is not easily angered, GOD keeps no record of wrongs. GOD does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. GOD always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
GOD never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 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 GOD. But the greatest of these is GOD.
Prayer- Lord, thank you that your other name is Love. (1 John 4:8b, NIV)