As an aged Christian lay dying in Edinburgh, a friend called to say farewell. "I just had three other visitors," said the dying man, "and with two of them I parted; but the third I shall keep with me forever." Who are they?" "The first was Faith, and I said, 'Goodby, Faith! I thank God for your company ever since I first trusted Christ; but now I am going where faith is lost in sight,' Then came Hope. 'Farewell, Hope!' I cried. 'You have helped me in many an hour of battle and distress, but now I shall not need you, for I am going where hope passes into fruition.' 'Last of all came Love. 'Love,' said I, 'you have indeed been my friend; you have linked me with God and with my fellow men; you have comforted and gladdened all my pilgrimage. But I cannot leave you behind; you must come with me through the gates, into the city of God."
As we experience today, let us do so by both remembering and demonstrating the fact that when all else fails, Agape love will keep us in time and eternity. Unconditional (Agape) love is what links us with God and humanity. Someone once said,
"I have tried to love you lightly
But without success;
To love you very little
And never to excess.
I have sought to love you wisely
But this I cannot do,
For all my vows are shattered
Each time I look at you."
"And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity." (I Corinthians 13:13) Don't allow the day to past without demonstrating unselfish and unconditional love towards our fellow man and woman.
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