How great is love to God? The title of this post is from the the last verse of 1 Corinthians 13, sometimes called the love chapter. What does God think of spiritual gifts, or knowledge, or good works without love? Here’s what the Apostle Paul says about that.
1 Corinthians 13:1-3 (NIV)
13 If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
In other words, without love all these things mean nothing to God. In the next few verses Paul gives a description of love. As your reading those verses, think if that description fits someone you know (hint, it’s not a human).
1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (NIV)
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
These verses describe God’s (Father, Son and Spirit) personality and character. If you replace the words love or it with God, the verses are just as true. Love is the greatest because that’s an important part of who God is. If you only think of God as being holy, and don’t think of Him being love as well, then you will never understand Him. Living a life of not sinning, and having no love will never get you into God’s kingdom.
Please pray with me. Father God, I come before your throne in Jesus name, with the Spirit. I’m asking you to change my personality and character to be more like yours. I want to have more of Your love in me, and I want to be able to give more of Your love to others. Only You can make that change in me, I can’t do it myself. In Jesus name, amen.
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