WEDNESDAY June 13, 2018
No Love, No Profit
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.
1 Corinthians 13:3
Paul spoke to a church in total carnality, not spirituality; there was nothing spiritual about the Corinthian church. He spoke to them about the gifts of the Holy Spirit, and how they would become ineffective, unless they practiced what they preached.
Paul clearly referred to great acts of selflessness, such as a believer giving all their possessions to the poor. But if there was not the motivation of love, no matter how great the sacrifice, it would count as nothing. Love is more important than self-sacrifice, you can even give your life, but without love, it is all in vain.
You see, we can go out and feed the poor, but if we cannot get along with people and love them, then what good is that? Loving people is a very hard thing to do, both in the Church and in the world, because we all have different personalities and moods. Yet we need to get along with others. This can only happen when we die to ourselves as God speaks to our hearts. We, too, need to practice what we preach.
Also, if our lives are not right with others, it is best to come before the Lord and tell Him what the problem is, so we can take care of the problem. Some people resist reconciliation, and that is not true love, it is not a full submission to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. If there is no love between each other, then how can we edify and build up one another?
Every one of us is weak in this area––for sure. I confess I have a hard time with people who I cannot get along with. But as a leader, I have to examine my heart before the Lord.
Love is the hardest lesson in Christianity; but, for that reason it
should be our most care to learn it.
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