MONDAY June 11, 2018
Love, the Key to Spiritual Gifts
Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. 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.
1 Corinthians 13:1-2
In I Corinthians 13, Paul had come to the place where he expounded on just four letters––love. Christians often struggle with love, but love needs to be perfected in each one of us individually. Understand that even though we have the gifts of the Holy Spirit, if we do not practice them in love, they become as nothing but sounding brass––they have no value to anybody.
In these verses, Paul gave three examples of spiritual gifts being used, but having the absence of love. The gift of tongues, if spoken without love, would become like a clanging cymbal. The word clanging is the Greek word for “a harsh loud noise.” If love was absent, it would be like the body without the soul. People could speak in tongues or have the gift of prophecy, but unless they used their gift in love, it was of no value.
The word mysteries literally mean truths that cannot be known by human reason; they are given by divine revelation––a supernatural work of God. It is incredible that, though we can have understanding to all mysteries, all knowledge, and have faith to remove mountains, yet without love, it is all nothing. People can have incredible spiritual gifts, but if they are not exercised in true love, it is all in vain.
Maybe this is the reason why the Church has lost its power––love is not evident. Remember, the true evidence of being baptized with the Holy Spirit is love––love is the key.
Without love all the gifts and powers of the Holy Spirit
are meaningless and worthless.
~ Chuck Smith~
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