John 11:30-45 (KJV)

30 Now Jesus was not yet come into the town, but was in that place where Martha met him.
31 The Jews then which were with her in the house, and comforted her, when they saw Mary, that she rose up hastily and went out, followed her, saying, She goeth unto the grave to weep there.
32 Then when Mary was come where Jesus was, and saw him, she fell down at his feet, saying unto him, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.
33 When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which came with her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled,
34 And said, Where have ye laid him? They said unto him, Lord, come and see.
35 Jesus wept.

First Corinthians 13 is probably the most widely quoted passage in the world on the subject of love. Verse 13 says,

“Now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”

We recognize that Jesus demonstrated sacrificial love for us by dying for our sins, making possible our forgiveness and restoring us to fellowship with the Father, yet we often fail to realize that Christ’s love goes even beyond the cross.

Everything we do, don’t do, face, and don’t face is touched by His continuing love.

Everything about us hinges on love because God, who is love, created us in His image (see 1 John 4:8, 16). Because God loves us, He gives us blessings and lets us share them.

When we pray and are told to wait, it is because He loves us and knows we need time to grow. When the overwhelming choices before us make it hard to know which way is up, our Lord and Savior shows us our need to depend on His guiding love.

Jesus demonstrated this kind of amazing love to Mary and Martha upon Lazarus’s death.  John 11:6 says, “When He heard that he was sick, He stayed two more days in the place where He was.” Jesus knew that Mary and Martha needed to grieve in order to grow.

He allowed the sisters pain because He loved them.

Until we come to understand and believe at our deepest and inner most level that God is love, we will struggle with trusting Him, and serving Him whole-heartedly. One of the keys to our spiritual growth as Christians is believing In God’s love even when we can’t see it.

While we are to live in faith and hope, our most important dwelling place is God’s love.  Without making His love our ultimate dwelling, we cannot fully live in faith and hope.

We should refuse to take a step or a breath without remaining keenly sensitive to “the greatest of these” –our Father’s love.

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