1 Corithians 13:2
“And if I have prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith so that I can remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing”
Paul continues telling us what love isn’t in this second verse. We, as humans tend to confuse gifts of the Holy Spirit as the primary gifts when they are not. The Apostle is telling us here even the very gifted, those with prophetic gifts, those with vast knowledge and wisdom, and yes even those with the greatest of faith are nothing without love.
Christ made this very plain in Matthew 22:36-40 “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” Jesus said to him, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. The second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the law and the prophets depend on these two commandments.”
Even the very gifted among us must have love, or those gifts are nothing in God’s eyes, because He has no need for them without the accompanying love.
Do I have excess pride in my gifts, so much so I’ve lost love for those less gifted than me?
“Lord, take my gifts and use them today for your glory. Always daily remind me they are from you, and without you and your love, I am nothing. Give me the love for those less fortunate and use me today to your honor and glory.
Patrick is a member of Pleasant Grove Reformed Church, a native Texan
and a father of three. As an author, when he is not writing, he works in the oil & gas industry.
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