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John Calvin puts forward a very simple reason why love is the greatest gift: “Because faith and hope are our own: love is diffused among others.” In other words, faith and hope benefit the possessor, but love always benefits another. In John 13:34–35 Jesus says, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” Love always requires an “other” as an object; love cannot remain within itself, and that is part of what makes love the greatest gift.
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Faith only strengthens when tested, for it never detracts. Its sole function moves ever forward, never deviating in any other direction. When it is at rest it is only waiting on God, which further strengthens its substance (Luke 17:5). Thus, faith is ever seen to be the sole manifestation of God in its purpose of evincing His works through His vessels (Heb 11:1).

 

Such is faith that derives from love (Gal 5:6), the love of God through those reborn connecting to others being brought unto rebirth. The growth by its Author (Heb 12:2) is observed most in difficulties and despondence (Jam 1:3), and faith’s possessor sees that it is not he that brings it along—but it bringing him!

 

 

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