[From May 6, 2013]
"And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and have all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing."
(1 Corinthians 13:2)
Too often these days Christians are known more for what (or who!) we're against, than what we're for. Pick your hot-button issue of choice. Pick your area of the country. Pick your political party. It's easy to find Christians who are outspoken about some cause of group and people - and usually voicing their opposition negatively.
The only problem (well, it's not the ONLY problem) is that Jesus didn't operate that way... at all! And the apostle Paul, in 1 Corinthians 13, didn't think this way either. In fact, he says THE MOST IMPORTANT quality - even more than prophesy, power, knowledge, and even faith - is LOVE. Without love, we're worthless.
1 Corinthians 13 is frequently read at weddings... and rightly so. But it's one thing to commit to loving our spouse... and another thing to commit that same love to everyone else (okay, so maybe not in the exact same WAY that we love our spouse, but you get the point).
The Beatles were right. All we need is love.