Do You Exhibit the Queen of all Christian Graces in Your Life?
And the Greatest of All These Things is Love
by J.M. Troppello
English writer and Bible teacher, A.W. Pink, said, “Love is rightly called ‘the Queen of Christian graces.’” I love that – Queen of Christian graces. That got me thinking of whether or not I am exhibiting that love for others in my life daily.
Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. 2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body [a]to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing. 4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not [b]puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, [c]thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8 Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part. 10 But when that which is [d]perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away. 11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 12 For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known. 13 And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love. (I Cor. 13, NKJV)
This Scripture from I Corinthians 13 is a well-known chapter on love. Verse 13 sums it up perfectly: And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
“Faith enables us to come to God (See Hebrews 11:6), but love enables us to imitate Him.” [Source: TNSB] When the love of God is at work in your life, you are then able to love others with that agape or unconditional love. It’s not in your own strength, but as God works in and through you.
6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. (Hebrews 11:6, NKJV)
Paul uses the word, comes, in Hebrews several times (See: 4:16, 7:25, and 10:1,22). Due to Christ’s death, resurrection, and ascension, believers can boldly approach God’s presence. God sits on His throne of grace. Jesus is our High Priest who sits at the right hand of the Father, interceding for us.
Take heart and come boldly before the throne of God (See: Heb. 4:16). If you haven’t been able to exhibit the queen of all Christian graces in your life, approach God’s throne boldly in prayer. Ask Him to work on your heart daily, as He changes you more into His likeness.
Article syndicated by Mustard Seed Sentinel on Medium.com.
About the Author
J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.
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