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January 15, 2018

The Best Life of All

“But now let me show you a way of life that is best of all.”  1 Corinthians 12:31 (NLT)

Many are settling for the “good” life. But why settle for a good life, or even a better life, if you can have the best life of all?

In his letter to the church at Corinth, the Apostle Paul wrote to a conflicted church. Divisions and disagreements were disrupting their fellowship. Some were projecting a superior attitude as more spiritual than others because of their spiritual gifts or unique roles in the church. It was obvious that they were missing the best life that God offers.

So, in the middle of his teaching regarding the gifts of the Spirit, Paul made a profound statement about a way of life that is best of all. It trumped the greatest gifts anyone had or could give, or the greatest service anyone could offer. It’s what they needed if they were to thrive, and what we need desperately today if we are to experience the life God intended us to live!

Paul dedicated the entire thirteenth chapter of 1 Corinthians to it. It is love – the kind of love that God has lavished on us through His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. When you read this description of love, you get why Paul called it “a way of life that is best of all.” One commentator put it like this, “Great faith, acts of dedication or sacrifice, and miracle-working power have little effect without love. Love makes our actions and gifts useful. Although people have different gifts, love is available to everyone.”

Review 1 Corinthians 13 today and ask God to fill you with His love so that you may experience a way of life that is best of all!