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“But the Greatest Of These Is Love” By Bill Immel, LPC

When I think of the following wonderful attributes of patience, kindness, humility, grace, joy, forgiveness, hopefulness, trust, perseverance, and faithfulness I am always reminded that when listed together in the Bible it says “but the greatest of these is love.”  Often referred to as the love chapter 1 Corinthians 13 is the one we hear read at many weddings.  Is it that if love is present then most likely the other attributes will be as well or is it that if love is not present than the others are not expressed to the fullest extent?

We have all heard that there are different kinds of love that we have in different relationships, for example, the love for a parent, for a child, for a spouse, for a friend, etc.  Maybe there is a special love for society as a whole that can be intentionally generated by us personally that in turn generates the outcome of making wherever we go a better experience for others and ourselves.

I can share a personal experience that helped me.  When I would go to put my small boat in the water at a ramp I would be stressed because sometimes people are angry with the people that are taking too long to get in and out or angry with the people that are with them for doing something wrong.  So I would go with the mindset of trying to be ready for the worst case and just trying to get in and out a.s.a.p.  Nineteen years ago in Ft. Lauderdale the ramp was very slippery and the steep angle of the ramp was causing my car to slide backwards into the water.  A very loving person ran down and quickly tied off the front of my car to a telephone pole preventing impending submersion.  The boat was released from the trailer and I was able to pull up the ramp.

After this experience, I changed my mindset and began going to the ramps with a desire to look for ways to help others or at least to be intentionally friendly.  In turn I have much less stress and much more joy.   Later I realized that this same mindset could be applied, to a certain extent, where ever I go.  I hope this is an encouragement to you to be on the lookout for ways to show love to society as a whole, it will bless you in return.

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