1 Corinthians 13:1-3 (NKJV)
13 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. 2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.
Why is that? Paul doesn’t say that we should not use the spiritual gifts God gives to us. It’s because, if we use them without love, He is not pleased with us. Even if someone had the greatest possible amount of these these gifts, it wouldn’t change that. And how Does God want us to express that greatest of spiritual gifts?
1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (NKJV)
4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Can we do this by our own human efforts? Impossible! Only through God the Holy Spirit who lives in us, can we express love in this way. And what is God’s purpose in this?
1 Corinthians 13:11 (NKJV)
11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
Love is an essential part of Christian maturity, of “growing up” to be more like our example Jesus. Pastor Sharon and I encourage you to pray about this. Ask your heavenly Father to change you in this way by His Holy Spirit so that over time you can express this love more and more.
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