Been thinking about faith, hope, love and other things

On Faith, Hope and Love

As it is famously declared in 1 Corinthians 13:13, “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” , I’ve been reflecting why love is the greatest, the most important. A few nights ago, it dawned on me that this verse talks about God, rather than what one should do. 

I have always took it that the verse talks about how one should put love before anything else spiritual. One of the prior verses leading to this famous verse explained that if one can speak in tongues (the possession of spiritual gifts), yet, does not have love, the spiritual gift is useless. Therefore, our actions and faith must be motivated by love.

But last night, the Lord opened my eyes. The focus was no longer on ranking what is the most important quality I should practise. Instead, it was revealed how much God treasures relationships and people; how big a heart He has for people. ‘Faith’ and ‘Hope’ are qualities that focus merely on the individual’s life. It can be manifested even if Man is alone. However, ‘Love’ is a quality that can only be exemplified with the presence of another person. Love is relational. Through ‘Love’, blessings are passed on to others, rather than kept for oneself. It demonstrates God’s generosity and capacity for relationships. And guess what, God finds ‘Love’ the most important, all because He is a very intimate and relational God, and we, being created in His image, are meant to be relational so that we can bless one another.

God’s Word – It’s for understanding and discovering God Himself, not a manual of what-to-do/what-not-to-do. Only when we discover God, do we discover ourselves and our roles. Having it work another way round is making life hard for ourselves.

The Old Testament God I seldom see

Many people have said that in the Old Testament (OT) of the Bible, God was often seen as an angrier, more jealous and punishing God, as compared to the New Testament. However, having read so many verses and stories in the OT has revealed that God has always been the same – righteous, loving and always looking out for people who truly seek them with their hearts.

The verses last night strengthened the above perspective and who knew that the following actually happened in the OT! It was most pleasantly surprising 🙂

Most of those who came from Ephraim, Manasseh, Issachar, and Zebulun had not purified themselves. But King Hezekiah prayed for them, and they were allowed to eat the Passover meal anyway, even though this was contrary to the requirements of the Law. For Hezekiah said, “May the Lord, who is good, pardon those who decide to follow the Lord, the God of their ancestors, even though they are not properly cleansed for the ceremony.” And the Lord listened to Hezekiah’s prayer and healed the people. – 2 Chronicles 30:18-20

In the OT, I always thought, sorry but pardon my language, that God was a sucker for the law, purity and cannot stand a single filth in His presence. In the OT, only the High Priest could enter in the Holy of the Holies – God’s dwelling place and even still, the High Priest must make sure he has to be thoroughly cleansed before entering into God’s presence. People who have been against the law have actually DIED!

So here in the above verses, we saw the opposite. Many Israelites were not following the law because they didn’t have time after travelling from the North to South, from Israel to Judah to visit the restored temple. But their heart was right – they were sincere to “follow God” (2 Chron 30:19). That was what made the difference. Here we see, how much God treasures the heart and the attitude of his people in seeking Him, rather than the method in which we use to seek Him.

Make me laugh… Heartily and Loudly!

Nowadays, comedies are getting worse and more predictable. Everyone who watched the recent movie, “Johnny English Reborn” told me how they laughed really hard from the beginning till the end. DR and I decided that we need a laughter fest, so we booked tickets and went to catch the movie, anticipating to laugh, as what other said, “from beginning till the end”.

Oh how disappointing. The scenes were mostly predictable and oh-so-familiar that DR and I could manage, at most, 10 grunts of laughter throughout the whole movie. Mind you. It is grunting, not the LOL-kind. So yea, it is difficult to make me laugh.

However, I discovered the best show to really make one laugh heartily! It is Korean variety show “Running Man”! The first episode was so hilarious and entertaining that I had to stifle my loud laughters from distracting my mom from her TV show. The people featured in this variety show never fail to crack me up with their dead-pan quips and daring stunts during the competition.

Please dub more episodes of “Running Man” in ENGLISH! I don’t mind paying for it!

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