1 Corinthians 13:4-8, 13
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away… And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

As a Christian, my yardstick for spiritual growth was the level of knowledge I had of God’s word, it’s intricacies, complexities, correctness, etc. Studying God’s word was done with a purpose of getting it technically right in order to understand and apply it in my life. It seems Paul was not writing just to the Corinthian Church but also to the likes of people like me, people lost in the technicalities rather than the essence of God’s message for us. I was often encouraged to seek spiritual gifts to enhance my walk with the Lord and I’ve spent significant prayer time asking God for them and less on praying for those in need of God around me. What is God saying to us today?

God’s primary purpose in sending His son Jesus into the world was to save us sinners from hell and to restore us into a right and meaningful relationship with Him. The motive was love, the sacrifice was love, the communication was in love, the blessing was in love and the entire gospel revolves around God’s eternal and amazing love. Paul reminds us that we are called to love one another and to love the lost like God loves us because the message is love and God wants us to serve him with our hearts, not with our technical prowess. Lets love God with our all and share God’s love with all.

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy

Comments
  1. blesseddad says:

    Great message Vineet,
    And the greatest of these is love. Looking back at people who have affected me, and who I have affected, I do not ever recall being drawn to a spiritual mentor becuase they were so well versed in the Bible, because they spoke in tongues, because they seemed Holy, but I have been drawn to many because of their love. The two greatest commandments are to love, first God, then Neighbor. This message was very good for me to read to remind me of how to set the tone for my day. God Bless
    Jim

    • Vineet says:

      Jim
      Thanks for your comment. Yes, of all the people I have been drawn to, love was the big reason while wisdom followed close. I thank God that this message was good for you as it was for me.
      Vineet

  2. Vineet,

    I cannot agree with you more. I have seen this part of this played out so very often since I started living in Poland. God is more interested in my attitude rather than my conviction. Knowledge without love is dangerous. I want to be seen in the shadow of the One whose name is LOVE itself. Thank you for such a powerful reminder.

    Blessings,

    Gladwell

    • ServantBoy says:

      Gladwell,
      If only I could revel in the glory of your kind words but I like you am sitting in the pew glofying God for how awesome He is in every way. God’s word is so powerful that as I read the same passage again, new truths are revealed and this is the power of God, we are just bearers of His life giving word. Praise God for being so glorious!!!
      Blessings,
      Vineet

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