by J. Gerald Harris

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The Most Needed Virtue (1 of 8)
Series: A Treasury of Virtues
Dr. J. Gerald Harris
Ephesians 3:14-21

The most needed virtue is love. The apostle Paul says that love "bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails" (I Corinthians 13:7-8). Even the secular world knows that the most needed virtue is love. In 1965 Burt Bacarach and Hal David wrote a song. It goes something like this: "What the world needs now is love, sweet love. It's the only thing there's just too little of."

Many years ago in England there was an orphanage where the superintendent ruled with an iron hand. He often exercised judgment without mercy and discipline without love. One day he noticed a little boy sticking a piece of paper through a knothole in the fence that circled the perimeter of the orphanage. Thinking that the boy was trying to communicate some derogatory message about the orphanage to the outside world, he grabbed the little boy, who was about 10 or 11 years old, by the ear and escorted him into his office. He demanded that one of his assistants go find the piece of paper.

The little boy stood trembling in the superintendent's office. Within minutes the assistant to the superintendent came with a crumpled piece of paper in his hand. As he spread the paper before him, he read the words in stunned silence: "To whom it may concern. I love you."

The little boy apparently was looking for someone who would receive his love and reciprocate. You see, there is one thing that every one of us needs. There is a need to love and to be loved.

So, as we look into our treasury of virtues today, we're going to look at this virtue of love. And may I say to you that all virtues are best illustrated in the life of the Lord Jesus Christ. Because, if you will remember, "Jesus Christ is the express image of the invisible God" and "God is love." So if you want to see love illustrated, look at the life of the Lord Jesus Christ.

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