Love as Christ Loved

By loving, we can become masters of life.

By Norman Vincent Peale

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The one supreme, greatest thing in the world is love. No matter what other abilities and qualities we may possess, how profound our knowledge, how great our achievements, if we do not have love, none of these is of any value. If we have love, it adds the extra quality of greatness to our lives.

Chapter 13 in 1 Corinthians gives us a magnificent description of love. Love, we are told, is long-suffering and kind. It has no envy, no egotism. It never acts in an unseemly fashion; it has no evil thoughts; it is steadfast and loyal and endures to the end. Love “does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres” (1 Corinthians 13:5-7).

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Other things pass away, but love has the element of eternity. Love deepens and sharpens our insights and understanding; it stimulates growth and makes us mature. It is the one sure way in which we can clearly comprehend life and its deeper mysteries. When we love, we will have an understanding of life. When we do not love, we only know a part, not understanding life as a whole. The clouded mirror of life will clear up when we truly love. Three great words stand out supreme above all others: faith, hope and love. “But the greatest of these is love” (1 Corinthians 13:13).

If we learn to love as Christ loved, we become masters of life; if we fail at this, nothing else really matters.

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This man gave me so much hope and inspiration when he was alive. How precious that his words are still alive and bringing the hope and comfort and help and inspiration as when he spoke them first of. Thanks so much for knowing a good thing when you see it and for repeating it. I was thinking that the most awesome "for God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life" was spoken to just one man in private. How precious was that word to him and he repeated it and then the beloved John heard it and wrote it in his gospel. God's kindness lives in the world by precious words heard and repeated. Thanks, again, for doing so.

Dr Peale was a great Godly man.It seem it hard to fine a true Godly Preacher,in today's time.It seem there main gold is how much money can i make.