The Greatest of These is Love

Tom Penrod
3 min readFeb 16
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So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:13 ESV

What does it mean to love someone beyond without limits? Unconditional love?

How can you possibly love a man?

Ok, I am gonna describe myself and I know that you are much more lovable than me…

How does my wife possibly love me????? I am a cow hand and farmer. I am dirty and messy and all those things that go with being a cow hand.

  • My boots are muddy and stink and as I have been blessed with age I am too lazy to take them off every time I walk into “her house.”
  • My hands are calloused and grease stained from maintaining equipment.
  • I never want to take a vacation. ***What if the cows need my help???***

Oh Yes, did I mention that in my efforts to repurpose my life, I am learning to be a preacher? Constantly studying God’s Word, sermons on Sunday mornings, visits to the sick and shut-ins, evangelism visits, counseling sessions, Constantly studying God’s Word.

And I ask again. How does my wife possibly love me????

Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 1 John 4:11 ESV

Praise the Lord! She loves me just as I love her, because God first loved us.

God loves us with all our faults and failures.

  • Through those times when we leave our dirty socks on the living room floor.
  • During those times when we found it too difficult to get out of bed to go to church.
  • Through those times when her bra is hanging to dry on the shower door.
  • When we swear and ask Him to damn the truck driver to hell for cutting in front of us.
  • When we covet the neighbors diamond ring.
  • When we walk by the homeless person instead of offering him a hand up or putting some money in his cup
  • When we are the homeless person addicted to mind altering substances doing our best to escape ourselves and the world around us.
  • When we are unwilling to trust God to help with the solution we need for our calamity, even when it…
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