FAITH CAPSULE: Love should be considered as the anchor which every other gift of God holds on to.
1 Corinthians 13
Love belongs to God.
Love is demonstrated by action but rooted in faith.
The purpose of God’s command is love.
God gave His commandment so that love can exist among man. When a brother abstains from stealing, lying or deceiving his brother it becomes a testimony of love. Loving in God’s way is God’s love. The standard for love is by God’s standard not by any man’s standard.
The book of 1Timothy 1:5 identifies God’s love: “Now the purpose of the commandment is love from a pure heart, from a good conscience, and from sincere faith, from which some, having strayed, have turned aside to idle talk.”
Are you living life with love, as commanded by God?
Loving by God’s standard is not common especially in a world where man is full of self. Claiming to love without loving with pure heart, good conscience and sincere faith is empty love. In a world where living life is without good conscience love is evidently not a way of living life. In a world where man is desperately concerned about self, engaging others with sincere faith is a strange thing.
Are you loving by your standard or as commanded by the word of God?
Among the gift of God, love is the greatest gift. Love should be considered as the anchor which every other gift of God holds on to. When love of God is not in place for man, fulfilling the command of God becomes questionable.
Paul the apostle clearly drew out the importance of love in 1 Corinthians 13:1-3, “Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. 2 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. 3 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.” It is clear in Paul’s word that though a believer can demonstrate the gifts of God such as: speaking in tongues, prophesying, reaching out to the needy but yet not with love. All demonstration of love but not rooted in the heart is empty and carries no weight before God.
Many know about God’s command.
Few that knows God’s command are ones identifiable by God. The word of God speaks to ears that will hear in Matthew 7:22-23, “Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’” From today, every believer needs to examine and search the self’s heart.
Have you been demonstrating any of the gifts while you are entertain lying, deception, and manipulation? Man can always deceive man but God cannot be deceived.
Prayer for today: Ask God to enable you with grace to love according to His standard.