What Love looks Like

Paul said, “Now abides faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love” (1 Corinthians 13:13).

Augustine, the great bishop of Hippo in North Africa, understood how foundational love is to the believer’s life.

Here are his reflections on what love looks like:

“It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like.” 1

 

“There are loyal hearts, there are spirits brave;

There are souls that are good and true,

Then give the world the best you have

And the best will come back to you.

Give love, and love to your heart will flow

And strength for your utmost need.

Give faith and a score of hearts will show

Their faith in your worldly deed.

Give truth and truth will be paid in kind,

And honor will honor meet;

And a smile that is sweet is sure to find

A smile that is just as sweet.

For life is the mirror of king and slave;

It’s just what we are and do.

Then give the world the best you have

And the best will come back to you.”

© 2016 D & L Publications

 

Reference:

  1. Our Daily Bread, “Impossible?” 2008 RBC Ministries, Volume 53, Number 10, Monday, January 19, 2009
  2. Rev. Clovis G. Chappell, D.D., Harper & Brothers Publishers, New York and London, Copyright 1922, pp. 123 – 124