‘Meanwhile these three remain: faith hope and love; and the greatest of these is love.’ (1st Corinthians 13 v 13)
I watched a video on the internet which made me cry.
That is not unusual since somewhere about the age of 40 they removed my emotional backbone and replaced it with jelly. I didn’t like the film ‘Mamma Mia’, no matter how much I liked the music. But when Meryl Streep started singing ‘Slipping through my fingers’ you could have carried me out of the cinema in a bucket.
This online video, however, was about a group who, in order to support and love one of their friends who was undergoing chemotherapy, met for a photo-shoot, prior to which they all had their hair shaved off.
Their friend had no idea and her reaction when she saw what her friends had done was hugely emotional. Here was real love in action.
Love, as Christians understand it is not a sentimental affair. It is sacrificial, it is selfless, it is self-giving, and forgiving and a hard path to walk.
But Love is where faith, hope and patience never fail.
Jesus’s love for us was sufficient to bring him voluntarily to the cross. Losing everything, that we might gain everything. That is why the greatest of these is love.
Rev. Alec Shuttleworth
Tulliallan and Kincardine Parish Church