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Thursday, April 18, 2013

The most important thing in the world...to be loved

Revelation...I am very slow to learn, though I have had multiple examples throughout my life... .

It hit me tonight when I heard how my granddaughter Katherine Clark took our painting to her class to show, and "beamed," said her mother Kerin.

The most important thing in the world is ...

To be loved

That means giving love. That means the worst sin is not loving, or destroying love...I plead guilty

And the only forgiveness, and living, is loving...and I am guilty.

No wonder, "God is love." 

Love is a verb.  That's means, I have known God.
Why did it take me so long to learn, what Paul wrote to the Corinthian Christians:

If I speak in the languages of humans and angels but have no love, I have become a reverberating gong or a clashing cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can understand all secrets and every form of knowledge, and if I have absolute faith so as to move mountains but have no love, I am nothing. Even if I give away everything that I have and sacrifice myself,  but have no love, I gain nothing.
Love is always patient;
love is always kind;
love is never envious
or arrogant with pride.
Nor is she conceited,
and she is never rude;
she never thinks just of herself
or ever gets annoyed.
She never is resentful;
is never glad with sin;
she’s always glad to side with truth,
and pleased that truth will win.b
She bears up under everything;
believes the best in all;
there is no limit to her hope,
and never will she fall.
Love never fails.
Right now, three things remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.









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