1 Corinthians 12:31
“But desire the greater gifts. And I will show you an even better way.”
1 Corinthians 13:1-3
“If I speak human or angelic languages but do not have love, I am a sounding gong or a clanging cymbal.
If I have the gift of prophecy and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith so that I can move mountains but do not have love, I am nothing.
And if I donate all my goods to feed the poor and if I give my body in order to boast but do not have love, I gain nothing.”
I think it’s so powerful and insightful that Paul goes directly from speaking about the greater gifts of the Spirit, to saying it’s all worthless if you don’t have love.
What’s important in life? According to Paul and 1 Corinthians 13, love is mandatory. Loving God and loving people, that’s what it all boils down to. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter how many prophetic words you gave, if you understood all mysteries, had all knowledge, moved mountains, or gave all you had for the poor if you didn’t love well.
You are nothing without love.
If Love is so crucial, why am I not hearing more about it? How come all I seem to hear about are the gifts of the Spirit? How come I’m not hearing or seeing teaching on how to love well? How come we’re so focused on feeling Him instead of loving Him? How come judging for him is valued more than loving for him? How come all I hear about are healings, not times people overcame and loved well?
I’m scared we’ve missed the point in a horrible way.
Love with your whole heart.
Love like He’s loved You.
What does love mean? What does love look like? How do I love well?
I think true love can’t be manufactured. I know it can’t be faked. I think it can only come from Him and your relationship with Him. I think it gets put in your heart if you’ve given Him the space to work it into you. I know there’s no way in hell I can “Just Do It”. I’m hoping that by turning my heart towards Him and asking for his love over and over and over again, some of him just comes out in moments.
I desperately want to see True Expressions of Love. I think that is what will change the World.
Do you want to see change? Love. Do you want to motivate? Love. Do you want to heal? Love. Do you want to represent Him? Love. Do you want to inspire? Love. Do you want to make a difference? Love.
True, undefiled love—personally, I don’t think there’s a greater, more powerful substance.
1 Corinthians 13
If I speak human or angelic languages but do not have love, I am a sounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith so that I can move mountains but do not have love, I am nothing. And if I donate all my goods to feed the poor, and if I give my body in order to boast but do not have love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient, love is kind. Love does not envy, is not boastful, is not conceited, does not act improperly, is not selfish, is not provoked, and does not keep a record of wrongs. Love finds no joy in unrighteousness but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.
But as for prophecies, they will come to an end; as for languages, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will come to an end. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when the perfect comes, the partial will come to an end. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put aside childish things.
For now we see indistinctly, as in a mirror, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I will know fully, as I am fully known. Now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.