THE GREATEST GIFT             Lane L. Knoush
See what love the Father has given us. 1 John 3:1 (NRSV)
It’s a funny thing about love–we seem to think that we own it and it’s ours to do with as we please. Of all the gifts that God has given us, perhaps our poorest stewardship is displayed in the way we handle God’s gift of love.
In the early days of the church, the love the Father has given us was freely shared by all who professed the name of Christ–so much so that “Behold, how they love one another!” became a descriptive statement about Christians.
Sharing this love in Christ’s name has to be the first priority of the modern-day church, from the local congregation right up to the highest ecclesiastical officers. It begins with and in each of us. We cannot afford to hoard love selfishly in a world that needs it so badly. Sharing God’s love will not only promote His Kingdom, but it will also safeguard the world until His appointed time of judgment.